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Ethics and Technology Talks

Our Center hosts a series of lunchtime talks throughout the academic year on topics that relate to the intersection of ethics and technology. 

Many of the speakers teach courses that count toward the Ethics and Technoloy Minor electives.  See below for our current speakers lined up this year.  

RSVP is required, and free lunch is provided.

APRIL TBD

Barbara van Schewick, Professor of Law at Stanford, and Director of Stanford's Center for Internet and Society.  She is also one of the world's leading experts on Net Neutrality.

Professor Schewick teaches LAW4026:  Internet Platforms and Free Expression a course that explores the tensions between the freedom of expression and the need to potentially regulate disinformation on private internet platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter.  The course also counts for the new Ethics in Technology Minor.

TITLE:  Should we have Net Neutrality?
WHEN:  Noon – 1:00pm
WHERE:  Stanford Law School, Crown Building, Room 320D

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MARCH 2ND

Gili Greenbaum, post-doctoral researcher at the Rosenberg Lab at Stanford.

Dr. Greenbaaum, along with Professor Elizabeth Hadley, are co-teaching BIO 313: Ethics in the Anthropocene, a course that explores the ethical dilemmas surrounding conservation and environmental change.

TITLE:  Should we Genetically Engineer an Entire Species?
WHEN:  Noon – 1:00pm
WHERE:  Stanford Law School, Crown Building, Room 320D

RSVP:  https://forms.gle/NEfeiWMCqkpFLBU57

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OCTOBER 15TH

Jeff Hancock, Professor of Communications, Founder and Director of Stanford's Social Media Lab

Professor Hancock will be teaching COMM 124: Lies, Trust, and Tech in Winter quarter, and specializes in ethical issues associated with computational social science.  Professor Hancock is well-known for his research on how people use deception with technology, from sending texts and emails to detecting fake online reviews. His TED Talk on deception has been seen over 1 million times and he’s been featured as a guest on “CBS This Morning” for his expertise on social media. 

TITLE:  The Shifting Tides of Trust and Tech
WHEN
Noon – 1:00pm
WHERE:  Stanford Law School, Crown Building, Room 320D

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NOVEMBER 6TH

Johan Ugander, Assitant Professor of Managemnt Science & Engineering (MS&E)

Professor Ugander teaches a course on Data Privacy and Ethics, and his research specializes in developing algorithmic and satistical frameworks for analyzing social networks, social systems, and other large-scale data-rich contexts.

TITLE:  Social Data and Privacy
WHEN
:  Noon – 1:00pm
WHERE:  Stanford Law School, Crown Building, Room 320D

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NOVEMBER 20TH

Jerry Kaplan, Lecturer and Research Affiliate at FSI (Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies)

Kaplan's research and teaching focus on the social and economic impact of Artificial Intelligence, and he teaches a course with the same title in Winter Quarter.  He has also recently published a book Artificial Intelligence: What Everyone Needs to Knowfrom Oxford University Press.

TITLE: The Seven Deadly Sins of Algorithmic Bias
WHEN
:  Noon – 1:00pm
WHERE:  Stanford Law School, Crown Building, Room 320D