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Ethics in IT: Cogs in the Machine? Digital Technologies and Responsibility

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Event start time 23.9.2020 16:15

Event end time 23.9.2020 17:13


Digital technologies are now an integral part of our lives, e.g. Apps offer us recommendations on music, products, and activities using data analytics and algorithms. Useful as digital technologies for us, it should be clear by now that they can also lead to harmful and discriminatory consequences. Here, a significant question arises: if digital technologies do harm, who should be responsible?

About the speaker

Dr. Pak-Hang Wong is a philosopher of technology in the Research Group for Ethics in Information Technology at Department of Informatics, Universit├Ąt Hamburg, where he examines social, ethical, and political issues of algorithms, big data, robotics, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies.

Wong received his doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Twente in 2012, and he held academic positions in Oxford and Hong Kong prior to his current position. He is the co-editor of Well-Being in Contemporary Society (2015, Springer) and has published in various academic journals. At present, his research focuses on digital technologies' challenges to our understanding of moral responsibility and the practice of virtue cultivation.

Administrative details

The talk will be held over Zoom, the link will be sent shortly before the event.

Event organisers

Main event organiser Simon Meinhard