Technology was never neutral; its social, political, and moral impacts have become painfully clear. But the stakes will only get higher as connected cameras will watch over the city, algorithms oversee society’s most critical decisions, and transport, jobs, and even war will become automated. The tech industry hasn’t yet earned the trust these technologies demand. Based on … [Read more...] about Future Ethics
Big data can be used for good--from tracking disease to exposing human rights violations--and for bad--implementing surveillance and control. Data inevitably represents the ideologies of those who control its use; data analytics and algorithms too often exclude women, the poor, and ethnic groups. In Data Action, Sarah Williams provides a guide for working with data in more … [Read more...] about Data Action: Using Data for Public Good
In Values that Shape the World—Ancient Precepts, Modern Concepts, cultural ethicist Faye Lincoln dissects and intersects millennia of history in the context of the Judeo-Christian principles that have driven and continue to drive the evolution and revolution of today’s highly volatile and increasingly technological world. … [Read more...] about Values That Shape the World: Ancient Precepts, Modern Concepts
In New York and Baltimore, police cameras scan public areas twenty-four hours a day. Huge commercial databases track you finances and sell that information to anyone willing to pay. Host sites on the World Wide Web record every page you view, and “smart” toll roads know where you drive. Every day, new technology nibbles at our privacy.Does that make you nervous? David Brin is … [Read more...] about The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us To Choose Between Privacy And Freedom?
American law enforcement is a system in crisis. After explosive protests responding to police brutality and discrimination in Baltimore, Ferguson, and across the country, debate over ways to reform the police continues to rage. For all the disagreement, though, people on both the left and right mostly take for granted that innovative technologies can only help. As Matt … [Read more...] about Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing