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Tech Ethics and Governance: 2019 Conference on the Ethics of Emerging Tech

April 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - April 19, 2019 @ 5:30 pm

TechRight 2019 Conference

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Technically Right at the Kenan Institute for Ethics is proud to host: “Tech Ethics and Governance: 2019 Conference on the Ethics of Emerging Tech.”   Emerging tech–including AI, algorithmic decision making, predictive analytics, cybersurveillance, and cyberwar–is forcing a re-evaluation of the relationship between the citizen, the state, and tech corporations. The shift of power invites a robust dialogue on the ethics of the deployment of these technologies and their impact. This conference will examine the ethical considerations that attach to the increasing reach of emerging tech, and the regulatory and tech governance models necessary to protect an open democratic society.

*Co-sponsored by Science & Society and Ethical Tech

Thursday, April 18th


Lunch Kick-Off Lecture: Data Ethics and Sociotechnical Security

| Danah Boyd, Founder/President, Data & Society Research Institute


7:00 pm

Evening Reception

Welcome and Introductions by Suzanne Shanahan, Director, Kenan Institute for Ethics (Duke).  Presentation of thank you gifts to Ed Ballesien, Jonathan Wiener, and Lori Bennear.  Remarks on Rethinking Regulation by Ed Balleisen and Jonathan Wiener. Moderated by Margaret Hu. Speakers  Davi Ottenheimer, Professor Raskin, and Professor Richards will help to forecast and frame the themes of the conference, including: (1) how best to regulate and govern emerging tech in ethical ways; (2) data privacy and information security; (3) algorithmic decision-making and accountability; and (4) cyberwar and information warfare.

| Davi Ottenheimer, Vice President of Trust and Digital Ethics at MongoDB

| Sarah Bloom Raskin, Rubenstein Fellow, Duke University

| Neil Richards, Koch Distinguished Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law


Friday, April 19, 2019

8:00 am

Breakfast and Student Presentations by Finalists of Tech Policy Challenge/Discussion 

| Ken Rogerson, Judge (Duke)(Co-Chair)

| Eliza Warner, Judge (Jigsaw)(Co-Chair)

| Jonathan Wiener, Judge (Duke)(Co-Chair)


9:00-10:30 am

Panel 1: Ethical Considerations in Tech Regulation and Governance

Welcome by Suzanne Shanahan, Director, Kenan Institute for Ethics (Duke). Moderated by Mark Borsuk (Duke) and Jonathan Wiener (Duke).  Panelists: Chaz Arnett (U. Pittsburgh), Vince Conitzer (Duke), Nita Farahany (Duke), Kristin Johnson (Tulane), Corinna Lain (U. Richmond)


10:45-12:15 pm

Panel 2: Cyber Searches and Data Privacy

Moderated by Sara Sun Beale (Duke). Panelists: David Ardia (UNC),  Shane Stansbury (Duke), Jolynn Dellinger (Duke), Richard Myers (UNC), Stephanie Pell (West Point), Neil Richards (Washington University)


12:15-1:15 pm

Lunch “Tech Talk”: Data Integrity as a Method for Preserving Democracy

| David Becker, Founder and Executive Director, Election Innovation and Research


1:30-3:00 pm

Panel 3: Algorithmic Discrimination and Accountability

Moderated by Brian Clark (Duke). Panelists: Stuart Benjamin (Duke), Natasha Duarte (Center for Democracy and Technology), Anne Klinefelter (UNC), Andrea Matwyshyn (Northeastern), Jeramie Scott (Electronic Privacy Information Center), Jay Stanley (ACLU)


3:15-4:45 pm

Panel 4: Post-Cold War Cyber Ethics

Moderated by Ken Rogerson (Duke). Panelists: Charlie Dunlap (Duke), Rebecca Green (William & Mary), Margaret Hu (Duke), Gabby Lim (Data & Society), Helen Wong (Discover Financial Services)


5:00 pm

Closing Reception

Remarks by Suzanne Shanahan (Duke) and Jonathan Wiener (Duke)


April 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
April 19, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
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The Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke, Room 101
1364 Campus Drive
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