EFF Special Advisor Cory Doctorow joins Dr Sarah T Roberts to inaugurate the "Ethics in Tech" seminar series for UCLA's Institute for Technology, Law & Policy & UCLA C2I2.
From the moment you wake up and check your messages on Facebook or Twitter, to when you set your Google Nest for the night, tech giants wield unprecedented influence over our daily lives. With this enormous power comes an enormous potential for abuse. The information economy has led to profound challenges to personal privacy. Stalkerware takes advantage of security gaps in our personal digital infrastructure to turn phones and smart home products into tools for facilitating domestic violence. Online platforms are grappling with what it means to provide fairness and due process to their users. And across the tech industry, racial and gender-based discrimination scandals suggest a need to address toxic cultures. The question of how to impose ethical guardrails on these enormously powerful actors is among the most important challenges of this generation.
This series, which has been developed as a collaborative project between the UCLA Institute for Technology, Law & Policy and the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, features conversations with leading voices in the fight for responsible conduct in the tech sector.