Advancing Ethical Tech Policy and Innovation
Emerging technologies – AI, algorithmic decision making, predictive analytics, cybersurveillance, and cyberwar – are forcing a re-evaluation of the relationship between the citizen, the state, corporations and technology itself. Technically Right is committed to advancing public understanding and innovative policy solutions to the ethical challenges posed by new technology. As a consortium of faculty, students and industry practitioners, Technically Right is guiding international debate and training a new generation of ethical tech leaders.
ETHICS 390S.02: Data & Democracy explored how to address the challenges posed by foreign interference in U.S. elections, how policy prescription and corporate reform can be shaped by the emerging fields of cyber and data ethics, and examined original source material to better understand the nature of foreign interference in elections. It also included a discussion of interdisciplinary work in multiple fields: data and information science, ethics, privacy law, cybersecurity, national security, state and local governments, corporate governance, voting rights, communications law, internet governance, civil rights, international relations, and political theory.
A series of bi-monthly, lunchtime talks given by industry, policy, and academic leaders around the intersection of emerging technology and ethics. Lunch provided.
TechTalk Speakers have included:
- Laura Berger, Head of Privacy for the Americas at Linkedin
- Christopher Daniels, former Head of WhatsApp and VP of Business Development at Facebook
- Katherine Zhou, Founder of “Design Ethically” and Product Designer at IBM Design
- Julie Cohen, Professor of Law and Technology at Georgetown University Law Center
- Will Mackie, Senior Trial Attorney, National Security Division, US. Department of Justice
The Kenan Institute for Ethics hosts an annual, multi-day conference each spring around the Ethics of Emerging Technology. The 2019 Conference, Tech Ethics and Governance, featured keynotes, panel discussions, and presentations centered around 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. For fall 2019, Kenan sponsored a Dinner Roundtable on the topic of Tech Ethics/Corporate Ethics.
Open to all Duke Graduate and Undergraduates, students are challenged to develop regulatory or policy ideas to address the ethics of emerging tech and promote societal well-being, civil rights and liberties, and human rights. Entries are evaluated on the following criteria: (1) Identifying an Emerging Tech Challenge; (2) Considering the Ethical, Social and Practical Factors in Designing a Policy Solution; (3) Recognizing Implementation or Other Barriers; and (4) Clarity and Quality of Writing and Presentation.
More Information: Spring 2020 Student Ethical Tech Competition