xLab Quarterly Roundtable | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

xLab Quarterly Roundtable

Ethics of Digital Innovation

Traditionally, many technologists used to take the naive position that “technology is value-natural.” However, with incidents like Cambridge Analytica and Theranos, most people understand the design and use of powerful digital technology can indeed have powerful consequences. As the role of digital technology increasingly shapes our everyday lives, the ethical dimensions of the design, use and management of these powerful tools become an important issue. From the use of social media that can damage teenagers’ self-image to algorithmic bias in criminal justice and HR practices, how we use digital tools cannot be separated from the ethics of technology. The goal of designing ethical digital technology should not be just avoiding harm to the users and society. Instead, the ethical goal of digital technology is to make people thrive. It is not enough for algorithmic hiring to remove bias and inequity in the process; it should help people thrive in their job. It is not enough to design social media not to cause teen depression and suicide; it should help them have a meaningful life. These are critical questions that xLab is asking as we engage with our partners to help their digital innovation journeys. 
The panel will feature Shannon French, Inamori Professor of Ethics from Case Western Reserve University, Kirsten Marten, William P. and Hazel B White Center Professor of Technology Ethics from University of Notre Dame, and Tae Wan Kim, Associate Professor of Business Ethics at Carnegie Mellon University. The group will discuss how companies can design, use and manage digital technology ethically.
Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Speaker(s): Kirsten Martin, Shannon French, Taewan Kim
Sponsored by: xLab
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