Ethics in Computing

Location: Majestic Complex, 6th fl

Day of week: Wednesday

Ethics in computing isn't new, but in recent times the implications of ignoring ethics in computing are front-page material.  Privacy, inclusion, bias, and many other aspects of the human relationship with technology are at play. Let's take a good, hard look at ethical challenges in information and technology to understand how to treat these challenges with a respect and diligence appropriate to impact our work has on society.

Track Host:
Theo Schlossnagle
Founder and CEO @Circonus. ACM Practitioners Board member. Co-chair of the ACM Queue.

Theo founded four technology companies, most recently Circonus in 2010.  After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins University in computer science with a focus on graphics and randomized algorithms in distributed systems, he went on to research resource allocation techniques in distributed systems during four years of post-graduate work. A widely respected industry thought leader, Theo is the author of Scalable Internet Architectures (Sams) and a frequent speaker at worldwide IT conferences. Theo is a computer scientist in every respect. Theo is a distinguished member of the ACM. He serves on ACM's Practitioners board and as the co-chair of the ACM Queue.

10:35am - 11:25am

by Raghu Gollamudi
Co-Founder/VP Engineering @Integrisio

Presentation details to follow soon.

11:50am - 12:40pm

by Amie Durr
Vice President of Product Management @SparkPost

We all know someone (or maybe you're that person) that tries to live off the data grid as much as possible. They don't participate in grocery store rewards programs; ad blockers are turned on; cookies disabled; they wouldn't be caught dead on social media. They value their data to an extreme... and it's not hard to understand why. 
Finding a news story these days where some organization's customer data has been breached (looking at you Equifax, Target, Home Depot, Uber....) is as easy...

1:40pm - 2:30pm

by Karen Siers
Agile Coach at Kapture Technologies

2:55pm - 3:45pm

by Liz Fong-Jones
Staff Site Reliability Engineer (Google Cloud Customer Reliability Engineering)

Our job as engineers does not stop with eliminating technical defects and ensuring high reliability. Engineers of all kinds must ensure their work serves the public good. A service that reliably harms, exacerbates injustices, or excludes marginalized groups is not a service worth building and maintaining. 

Learn how to effectively accomplish change in your working conditions or your employer's products through grassroots employee advocacy.

4:10pm - 5:00pm

by Natalie Evans Harris
COO and VP of Ecosystem Development @BrightHive

Presentation details to follow soon.

5:25pm - 6:15pm

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