ESC PLAN: The ESC Opening Event

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Space 2435 North Quad

The new Center for Ethics, Society and Computing celebrates its launch with a half-day event featuring prominent panelists discussing a variety of current issues in information, including privacy, AI, AR/VR, open data and identity. The event will be live-streamed on January 24. LINK TO VIEW.


1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Toward Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC)*
(Opening Remarks)

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Panel: Accountable Technology — An Oxymoron?*

Julia Angwinfounder and Editor-in-Chief of The Markup, a new non-profit accountability journalism organization and publication focused on investigating the tech industry.  

danah boydtechnology and social media scholar, Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder and president of Data & Society Research Institute, and a Visiting Professor at New York University.

Marc DaCostaco-founder and chairman of Enigma, an open data infrastructure company. He is also a software artist focusing on data, privacy and identity.  

Jen Gennailead for responsible innovation at Google, the group responsible for implementing Google's AI principles.  

Christian Sandvig (moderator), H. Marshall McLuhan Collegiate Professor of Digital Media at the University of Michigan, researches the consequences of algorithmic systems that curate and organize culture.

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Panel: Culture After Tech Culture — Unimaginable?*

Holly Okonkwo, assistant professor of Cultural Anthropology at Purdue, studies the culture of the computing industry and the experience of women technologists of color, most recently in Africa.

Monroe Price, professor, founder and former director of the Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, focuses on the freedom of expression and media technology in international contexts.

André Brock, associate professor of Literature, Media and Communication at Georgia Tech, is the author of the forthcoming book Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures.

Shobita Parthasarathy, professor of Public Policy and Women's Studies, and Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, at the University of Michigan.

Silvia Lindtner (moderator), assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, studies DIY maker culture, focusing on intersections with manufacturing and industry development in China.

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Future of Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC)*
(Closing Remarks)

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Reception and Mixer. 
The Circ Bar, 2nd Floor Private Lounge. 210 South First Street.

*This event is open to the public but an RSVP is requested for in-person participation. RSVP here.