While we have been fast to embed emerging technologies (AI, IoT, personal smart devices) across many sectors in our society, one of the biggest challenges we face is the fact that these systems continuously monitor our behaviour tracking vast amounts of personal data – from health activity, travel and food to culture consumption and shopping habits to name just a few.
At the same time, while automated systems are being adopted more widely, decision-making processes are left to technologies increasing the risk of triggering not only new levels of surveillance but also unfair profiling and discrimination. The need for transparent, equitable and accountable systems, as well as privacy standards and ethics frameworks, is bigger than ever before.
We need to openly discuss and question who has the power to access or control these, who benefits, and whose lives are implicated. Who is responsible to “draw a line” and how can we respond to the societal and ethical implications of data and emerging technologies?
We are delighted to welcome Prof Andy Miah – Chair in Science, Communication & Future Media, at the University of Salford, Emer Coleman – Project Director at Up Ventures and Michael Chapman – Programme Manager at Allscripts to our next Webinar on 23 September to discuss these themes in more detail.