This track presents concepts, cases, and frameworks that underscores the critical need for students and practitioners of data and information science to gain an understanding of the ethical issues being driven by the age of data and information. There are no pre-requisites for this track.
The Center for Science of Information has helped lead the effort to bring scholars for campus-wide discussions such as Luciano Floridi, Safiya Noble, Virginia Eubanks, and Ruha Benjamin, while also working closely with experts in the field to develop course modules such as Andrew Iliadis presenting the Philosophy of Information, and Kendall Roark and Madison Whitman introducing the field of Critical Data Studies (forthcoming).
The first four tutorials in this track are Prestige Lectures introducing topics related to ethics, information, data, algorithms and their societal impacts. The Philosophy of Information and Ethics module series by Andrew Iliadis invites a deeper dive into the topics introduced in the Prestige Lecture from Floridi, and the (forthcoming) module from Roark and Whitman introduces the growing field of Critical Data Studies providing frameworks and concepts with which to examine the impacts of data use and misuse on individuals and society.