Data Ethics Club - Structural inequality and individual responsibility

6 October 2021, 1.00 PM - 6 October 2021, 2.00 PM

Organised by Natalie Thurbly, Nina Di Cara and Huw Day

Data Ethics Club

We're looking forward to our next meeting, which is on Wednesday 6th October. As voted last time we'll be discussing an episode of The Philosopher's Zone podcast, with guest professor in Philosophy Robin Zheng discussing "Structural injustice and individual responsibility" -  special thanks to Kamilla for suggesting this.

At the beginning of the meeting, we'll start by inviting an attendee to volunteer to summarise the content. We would welcome a ~3 minute summary of the paper if you would like to volunteer.

Like always, there will then be a chance to talk about whatever we like in breakout groups, before coming together for a general discussion. We have some specific questions to think about while you're reading to help kickstart the discussion:

Like always, there will then be a chance to talk about whatever we like in breakout groups, before coming together for a general discussion. We have some specific questions to think about while you're reading to help kickstart the discussion:

  • Q1: What do you see as the structural injustices in data science, compared to the injustices that are largely out of data scientists control? For example, which is using balanced training data, or writing work thats more likely to get funded in research?
  • Q2: Who is attributable for harmful deployments of data science? (E.g. The original researchers? The company who sold it? The government who bought and deployed it?) And who is accountable?
  • Q3: Thinking about how Robin describes the role ideal model, how could individuals in the role of data scientist, publisher, funder, company, or government use their role to push boundaries?

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