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2021 Symposium on Intercultural Digital Ethics (webinar recording)

By: Marco Campana
November 5, 2021

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy's Nov 3-4, 2021 Symposium on Intercultural Digital Ethics brought together a range of cultural, social and structural perspectives on the ethical issues relating to digital information technologies, with the aim of broadening the approach of digital and AI ethics.

Recent advances in the capability of digital information technologies—particularly due to advances in artificial intelligence—have invigorated the debate on the ethical issues surrounding their use. However, this debate has often been dominated by ‘Western’ ethical perspectives, values and interests, to the exclusion of broader ethical and socio-cultural perspectives.

Speakers and Presenters

Day 1

Fireside Chat

“Whither Intercultural Digital Ethics?” - Nikita Aggarwal (Oxford/Harvard) and Charles Ess (Oslo)

Panel 1 - Decolonizing AI  |  Shakir Mohamed (Moderator) | DeepMind

  • William Barylo (Warwick) – “Abusive algorithms: when ‘suggested content’ becomes colonial whiteness”
  • Catriona Gray (Bath) – “Towards a post-abyssal digital ethics”
  • Julia D’Agostini (UFMG) – “Censorship, history and cultural diversity: content moderation and its challenges”
  • Mishall Ahmed (York) – “AI at the Border: the differential impacts of AI technologies on refugees and asylum seekers” 

Panel 2 - Beyond Autonomy, Beyond Harm | Shannon Vallor (Moderator) | Edinburgh

  • Matthew Dennis (TU/Eindhoven) – “Collective Approaches to Digital Well-Being: A Confucian perspective”
  • Bryce Goodman (Oxford) – “Privacy without Persons”
  • Maximillian Gartner (Bologna) – “Intercultural Differences in Autonomy Perception and Technological Persuasion Envelopes”
  • Marianna Ganapini (Union College) – “Beyond Harm: a New Ethical Framework for Social Media”
  • Yannick Vogel (Turin) – “Potential lessons to be learned from EU Regulation 511/2014 in the context of value distribution of data in the European Data Economy”

Day 1 Closing Remarks — Mathias Risse, Faculty Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

Day 2

WelcomeNikita Aggarwal (Oxford/Harvard)

Panel 3 - Governing AI: Local v Global |  Charles Ess (Moderator) | Cambridge | 9:05 - 10:30 AM EDT, 1:05 PM - 2:30 PM GMT, 2:05 - 3:30 PM CETSoraj Hongladarom (Chulalongkorn) – “Non-Western AI ethics guidelines - implications for intercultural ethics of technology”

Rosanna Fanni (CEPS/Brookings) – “Transatlantic norm cohesion and collision in AI governance”

Pavlina Pavlova (OSCE) – “Addressing the security risks of anti-Roma hate speech on social media platforms”

Davide M. Parrilli (UNIDCOM-IADE) – “Designing a universal framework for privacy: challenges and obstacles”

Break | 10:30 - 10:45 AM EDT, 2:30 - 2:45 PM GMT, 3:30 - 3:45 CET

Panel 4 – Applying Intercultural Digital Ethics | Pak-Hang Wong (Moderator) | H&M Group

  • special reference to Kenya"

Day 2 Closing Remarks — Sushma Raman, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy | 12:15- 12:30 pm EDT, 4:15 PM - 4:30 PM GMT, 5:15 - 5:30 PM CET 

Call for papers for a special issue of Digital Society on intercultural digital ethics. Opens 15 November 2022. Further information here: 

  • Caroline Khene (De Montfort) – “Narratives in Responsible Digital Citizen Engagement in Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Rights in a Southern African Context”
  • Yishu Mao (MPIWG Berlin) – “AI ethics made in China: expectations and practices from the tech industry”
  • Rohan Light (For Humanity) – “Raising the ethical voice of the periphery in the construction of AI ethical frameworks”
  • Remy Hellstern (British Columbia) – “Leveraging Blockchain-Based Archival Solutions for Sensitive Documentation: A Xinjiang Case Study”
  • Mark Dempsey (Hertie School) - "The Brussels Effect of the GDPR: The Impact of EU Data Privacy Regulation in Africa with a special reference to Kenya"

Day 2 Closing Remarks — Sushma Raman, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

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