CANCELED: Code, Infrastructure, and Justice: Gaps in our Ethical Discourse on Big Data

November 6, 2015 |
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

We are sorry to say that due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been canceled.

CODE, INFRASTRCTURE, AND JUSTICE: GAPS IN OUR ETHICAL DISCOURSE ON BIG DATA

 

When thinking critically of the ethical concerns surrounding big data, our attention is immediately focused on the threat to individual privacy, represented by the increasing collection, storage, and integration of personally identifiable information within big data platforms and applications. The threats to privacy wrought by big data are real, and are of vital importance; individual privacy is perhaps the most salient and transparent ethical concern with big data, and it deserves our full attention. This talk, however, will follow a disclosure ethics approach to interrogating the ethical dimensions of technology, requiring us to look beyond the immediately obvious ethical concerns (such as privacy) to those more opaque, and thus even more pernicious. These include critical ethical concerns regarding big data’s code, infrastructure, and overall impact on social justice.