04/27/2017 - 09:00 to 04/27/2017 - 10:15
Hall A

Keynote: Technology and Its Workforce at an Ethics Crossroad

As information technology matures and becomes integral to more and more of everyday life, and as the early freewheeling era gives rise to a few dominant corporations or the widespread use of technology to surveil citizens, to replace or control workers, or to optimize decision-making mostly for the benefit of powerful, what are the options and responsibilities of the technology workforce--a workforce that benefits from the rise of these new technologies but is also increasingly confronted with uncomfortable questions about where the work they do stands in historical terms. This talk will explore some of the leading challenges and raise questions as the era of information technology transforms from its pirate era to the CEO era.   

Join Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor who studies the intersection between technology and society, focusing on the myriad of impacts of digital connectivity and computational decision-making. Her forthcoming book is titled "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protests" She contributes regularly to the New York Times.