Tech Ethics in Action

Location: St James, 4th flr.

Day of week: Wednesday

The systems we build impact directly on people’s lives, sorting winners from losers. As software engineers we are not paid to think about the ethical impact of the work we do. In this track we will explore real-world examples of systems that have had profound negative impacts, and explore the lessons we can learn from this.

Track Host:
Gareth Rushgrove
Product Manager @Docker

Gareth Rushgrove is a product manager at Docker. He works remotely
from Cambridge, UK, helping to build interesting tools for people to
better manage infrastructure and applications. Previously he worked
for the UK Government Digital Service focused on infrastructure,
operations and information security. When not working he can be found
writing the Devops Weekly newsletter or hacking on software in
new-fangled programming languages.

10:35am - 11:25am

More details coming soon

11:50am - 12:40pm

by Alexander Steinhart
Psychologist, Technologist

This talk explores the digital revolution from a psychological perspective, with scientific research on human needs and biases in mind, it takes a look at the thin line between taking advantage of an understanding of psychology and exploiting it and at emerging, alternative design and technology streams that are driven by the intent to enable human autonomy and flourishing.

1:40pm - 2:30pm

by Theo Schlossnagle
Founder and CEO @Circonus, Editorial board of ACM's ‘Queue’

The concept of professional ethics is not new to the world, but it is fairly new to computing because computing itself is so new. Ethics and its requirement as a part of professionalism started with monks and quickly embraced the three occupations of importance: religious service, law, and medicine. Today most professional trades have a code of ethics that is uncontested. Computing does not. How did we get here, why must we change, and how?

2:55pm - 3:45pm

by Jenny Mulholland
Woman in tech @softwireuk

4:10pm - 5:00pm

More details coming soon


Conference for Professional Software Developers