IEEE ISTAS 2021 Technology, Equity, and Social Justice Roundtable

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This roundtable discussion, sponsored by a SSHRC Connection Grant and presented in partnership with IEEE TechEthics, brings together four international experts from a range of academic and industry backgrounds in engineering and social sciences to discuss how they engage with equity and social justice issues in their work. During the conversation, moderated by IEEE TechEthics Senior Program Manager Mark A. Vasquez, panelists share methods they have used for engaging with equity and social justice within tech fields, and on how students and young professionals can approach these issues. Ansari describes his current efforts to decolonize design research in the university community, in particular through the "Decolonising Design" platform. Gürses discusses her ongoing work in the field of privacy engineering, which focuses on designing, implementing, adapting, and evaluating theories, methods, techniques, and tools to systematically capture and address privacy issues in the development of sociotechnical systems. Hoffman focuses on Feminist Data Ethics, a novel and timely intervention that engages with the ethical implications of data’s production, circulation, application, and storage. And Sloane highlights the critical importance of responsible AI design and governance, interdisciplinary opportunities for researchers to develop and implement tools to engage with responsible innovation, innovation in AI procurement, and AI auditing.

The "Technology, Equity, and Social Justice Roundtable" Special Session took place during IEEE ISTAS 2021 on 29 October 2021. 

Organizers

  • Heather Love, ISTAS21 Co-Chair, Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo
  • Jason Lajoie, ISTAS21 Organizing Chair, University of Waterloo

Moderator: Mark A. Vasquez, Senior Program Manager, IEEE TechEthics

Presenters

  • Ahmed Ansari, Industry Assistant Professor, Founder of Decolonizing Design Collective and Architecture Design Research Lab, New York University
  • Anna Lauren Hoffman, Assistant Professor at Information School, University of Washington
  • Seda Gürses, Associate Professor at the Department of Multi-Actor Systems, TU Delft
  • Mona Sloane, Adjunct Professor, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University

This roundtable discussion, sponsored by a SSHRC Connection Grant and presented in partnership with IEEE TechEthics, brings together four international experts from a range of academic and industry backgrounds in engineering and social sciences.

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