When you design, engineer or promote a product, you believe that it will have a positive impact on your target market. But do you have the resources to think about how your technologies might affect society as a whole?
The products we are creating (and using) are changing the way we live and what it means to be human. This has the potential to deliver a lot of benefit, but also requires ethical thinking to ensure that we create a society that works for everyone. Whereas before, the internet was seen as an exciting new platform to increase political engagement, encourage the participation of previously underrepresented groups, and improve innovation, now we understand that new forms of communication have also created new arenas of power.
This interactive 3-part workshop series will introduce you to the basics of ethical thinking and will help you implement ethics in your working day. Instructor & technology ethicist Alice Thwaite will use a combination of lecture and in-class exercises to ensure that you'll leave with a working grasp of the fundamentals that you can start using immediately.
Who is this class for?
The class is open to anyone, but might be particularly useful for those working in product, design, management and engineering.
Key concepts this interactive 3-part workshop series covers include:
Introduction to ethics and morality with a focus on human rights
Discussion around governance and implementation
An understanding of the language and process of ethics by design
Introduction to ethics of artificial intelligence, the ethics of data collection and algorithmic processes
An understanding of how privacy and democracy is discussed in the context of algorithms and artificial intelligence
Exploration of the role of the individual in democracies and why privacy is instrumental in democracies
Workshopping through different thought experiments and scenario planning
Recommendations for future actions to take in your brand or organisation
Overview & Human Rights
Ethics of Algorithms & Artificial Intelligence
Democracy, Privacy & Technology
NOTE: this class will not be recorded, however, slides will be sent within 7 days following the session.
Alice Thwaite is the founder of Hattusia and a technology ethicist. She holds a MSc from Oxford University in the Social Sciences of the Internet, and a MA Cantab from the University of Cambridge in the History and Philosophy of Science.
She is frequently asked by BBC News and BBC World News to commentate on matters relating to technology, ethics and society. She has bylines in openDemocracy, Quartz and politics.co.uk. Alice is the presenter of a popular podcast that tackles various matters relating to ethics & technologies impact on society.
Alice specialises in healthy information environments. She is the founder of the Echo Chamber Club and is the author of philosophical theories relating to technology, conflict and disagreement. She is often called upon to review issues relating to disinformation, content moderation, advertising and data ethics.
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