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Business Best Practices: Transparency, Tech Ethics and Tech for Good

80% of developers don’t feel it’s their responsibility if unethical products go live. Are they right? This episode of WIT: Women in Touch features a conversation among women in tech who believe this majority is not right. As a follow up to July's Coed: Ethics conference, a London tech ethics conference, we're grabbing a cuppa with women who are actively working on the ethics surrounding data science, decision making, scaling, coding, the psychology and motivation behind it all.

Who should join? While our guests are awesome women in tech, the cases of Facebook, Uber and Volkswagen are not just isolated incidents and everyone at any level at any company faces ethical decisions every day. We think everyone can benefit from joining this discussion live or listening to the recording after! Applying a framework or an action plan to consider the ethical implications of your work is a business best practice.

How can we move from writing oaths and manifestos to best practices?

This week's guests:
Yanqing Cheng - high-scale networking systems engineer with MetaSwitch Networks - a job mixing forward-looking ideas with decades-old protocols, which provides constant insights into the balancing act between innovation and stability. She is fascinated by machine learning and future tech, and its impact on ethical decision making.

Anne Currie - part of the tech industry for nearly 25 years working on giant C servers and distributed systems in the 90s, eCommerce services in the noughts and DevOps and infrastructure in this decade. She is interested in the evolution of the tech industry, and of the devs who work in it. Founder of the Coed Ethics tech ethics conference.

Emma Prest - sits on the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and on the board of Sum of Us. She was previously a program coordinator at Tactical Tech, providing hands-on help for activists using data in campaigning. She's now the executive director at DataKind UK.
Recorded Aug 22 2018 61 mins
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  • Business Best Practices: Transparency, Tech Ethics and Tech for Good Recorded: Aug 22 2018 61 mins
    Jennifer Riggins
    80% of developers don’t feel it’s their responsibility if unethical products go live. Are they right? This episode of WIT: Women in Touch features a conversation among women in tech who believe this majority is not right. As a follow up to July's Coed: Ethics conference, a London tech ethics conference, we're grabbing a cuppa with women who are actively working on the ethics surrounding data science, decision making, scaling, coding, the psychology and motivation behind it all.

    Who should join? While our guests are awesome women in tech, the cases of Facebook, Uber and Volkswagen are not just isolated incidents and everyone at any level at any company faces ethical decisions every day. We think everyone can benefit from joining this discussion live or listening to the recording after! Applying a framework or an action plan to consider the ethical implications of your work is a business best practice.

    How can we move from writing oaths and manifestos to best practices?

    This week's guests:
    Yanqing Cheng - high-scale networking systems engineer with MetaSwitch Networks - a job mixing forward-looking ideas with decades-old protocols, which provides constant insights into the balancing act between innovation and stability. She is fascinated by machine learning and future tech, and its impact on ethical decision making.

    Anne Currie - part of the tech industry for nearly 25 years working on giant C servers and distributed systems in the 90s, eCommerce services in the noughts and DevOps and infrastructure in this decade. She is interested in the evolution of the tech industry, and of the devs who work in it. Founder of the Coed Ethics tech ethics conference.

    Emma Prest - sits on the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and on the board of Sum of Us. She was previously a program coordinator at Tactical Tech, providing hands-on help for activists using data in campaigning. She's now the executive director at DataKind UK.
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