UCLIC Research Seminar Series

UCLIC Research Seminar 27th of October: Katie Shilton (University of Maryland, College Park). Levers for Ethics in Technology Design
Katie Shilton, University of Maryland, College Park
Location: On Zoom

Title

UCLIC Research Seminar 27th of October: Katie Shilton (University of Maryland, College Park). Levers for Ethics in Technology Design

Abstract

The values and ethics built into technological systems are gaining increasing attention. This talk will introduce the challenges of values-oriented design for technologies which are meant to be flexible, adaptable, interoperable, and global. It will then present research on two salient values for software design - privacy and fairness - with a focus on how designers can incorporate checks and levers for these values in their design practice. And it will use these values to explore bigger questions of what, or whose, values shape technology, and the role that designers have in that conversation.

Link to talk recording: https://youtu.be/T2JT4Apxw3Q

Biography

Katie Shilton is an associate professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research explores ethics and policy for the design of information technologies. She is the PI of the PERVADE project, a multi-campus collaboration focused on big data research ethics. Other projects include participatory design to support automated tools for online content moderators; tracing the influence of privacy discourse in the media and among policymakers; analyzing ethical cultures in computer security research; and understanding and encouraging ethics discussions in mobile application development. Her work has been supported by a Google Faculty Award and multiple awards from the U.S. National Science Foundation. Katie received a B.A. from Oberlin College, a Master of Library and Information Science from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Information Studies from UCLA.