"In folktales a vampire couldn’t enter your home unless you invited him in. Without your consent the beast could never cross your threshold. Well, what do you think your computer is? Your phone? You live inside those devices...

...so those devices are your homes.  But at least a home, a physical building, has a door you can shut, windows you can latch.  Technology has no locked doors."

-Victor LaValle, The Changeling

CHQ Assembly Week 4 on The Ethics of Tech: Scientific, Corporate and Personal Responsibility

Big Tech companies have begun to acknowledge their tremendous and sometimes harmful impact on society — particularly with regard to marginalized communities and civil liberties, and usually only following public calls for ethics reform and oversight.  Is it enough for these giants to self-police, or is an industry-wide code of ethics or government regulation necessary to protect a future dominated by artificial intelligence, datafication and facial recognition? Does such oversight stifle innovation? How is the rest of the world responding?  And, while it’s easy to see ourselves as victims, how do we take personal responsibility as consumers and users? 

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