January 1, 2019 — When we think about ethics and AI, our first thoughts often go to the question of what happens if a self-driving car kills a pedestrian. The life and death questions of autonomous systems are important to address—and so are other enormous questions like unfair bias, privacy, safety, and accountability. These aren’t just technical or policy questions: they’re design questions. Designers frame problems, shape the features and behavior of AI-enabled systems, and provide the levers that AI is allowed to pull. Designers are in a unique position to help with these problems about AI, design, and ethics, and in this talk, we’ll look at how.
December 10, 2018 — Our panelists will consider and discuss the following questions:
How should a community’s ethics be applied to event speakers, sponsors, volunteers and vendors?
In our businesses and as a community, how do we develop and implement policies that reflect our ethics and values?
The organizing team is still assembling the panel and selecting a moderator. What we have confirmed so far is below. We’ll update further details as they are finalized.
Doris DelTosto Brogan, Professor of Law, Harold Reuschlein Leadership Chair, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Jason Coleman, WordPress Core Contributor and Plugin Author | CEO, Paid Memberships Pro
Andrea Middleton, Leader in the WordPress Global Community team
Liam Dempsey, Lead Organizer, WordCamp Philly | Director + Designer, LBDesign
Moderator: Simeon S. Poles, Associate, Duane Morris LLP.
July 6, 2018 — Every decision we make is one made on behalf of your user. How do we know the decisions we make are the right ones? It is time we initiate a conversation: About where we are and where we want to go, about how we define and measure goodness and rightness in the digital realm, about responsibility, about decisions and consequences, about building something bigger than our own apps. It is time we talk about the ethics of web design. This talk introduces a method for ethical decision making in web design and tech. Rather than a wet moralistic blanket covering the fires of creativity, ethics can be the hearth that makes our creative fires burn brighter without burning down the house.
July 9, 2015 — Ethics are an important topic, and they are no less important when applied to the complex interactions we have with software or on the web. Mark discusses some of the ethical concerns that come up when developing WordPress core, plugins, and themes, and when managing the communities around those projects.