Global Challenges 2019

Global Challenges 2019: Technology Ethnics and Social Change Who Cares?

Each year, University of Washington Honors students respond to the prompt: “What keeps you up at night?” These concerns set the focus of a robust public event where experts from different backgrounds demonstrate the power of collaborative problem-solving at high levels of engagement. This year, students asked to explore the relationship between technology ethics and social change.

We invite our community to explore this topic together in a public conversation with speakers Anna Lauren Hoffmann (UW iSchool), Ece Kamar (Microsoft Research) and Shankar Narayan (ACLU) at the Honors Program’s 2019 Global Challenges/Interdisciplinary Answers event.

Global Challenges/Interdisciplinary Answers
Technology ethics and social change…who cares?
Wednesday, Nov 6, 6:30 p.m.
HUB North Ballroom, UW Seattle Campus

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About the speakers

Anna Hoffman GCIA

Anna Lauren Hoffmann

Assistant Professor, UW Information School

Hoffman’s work centers on the uses of information technology to promote or hinder the pursuit of important human values like respect and justice. She examines how data, information, and technological systems discriminate by undermining the development of self-respect of some, especially through the infliction of symbolic and discursive violences. Hoffmann lends valuable insight into popular and governmental/corporate development of ethics education for data professionals and computer scientists, as well as broader research ethics and professional codes of ethics.

Ece Kamar GCIA

Ece Kamar

Senior Researcher, Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group at Microsoft Research

Kamar is passionate about AI systems that combine the complementary strengths of machines and people. She not only investigates the impacts of AI on society, but studies and leads internal efforts at Microsoft to develop AI systems that are reliable, unbiased and trustworthy.  She served in the first Study Panel of Stanford’s 100 Year Study of AI (AI100, published in 2016) and is a Technical Advisor for MSR’s advisory committee on AI, ethics, and effects in engineering and research.

Shankar Narayan

Director of the Technology and Liberty Project, ACLU

As an artist/activist and civil rights attorney for the ACLU, Shankar Narayan merges his creative and analytical strengths to bring values of fairness, transparency, and accountability to surveillance and artificial intelligence technologies. His work seeks to lift the voices of marginalized groups. Narayan has helped pass landmark technology laws and campaigned for vendors to build tech in ethical and community-centric ways. He is also a 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color.