I was recently asked to speak at a workshop for government officials and data scientists by the Head of Data Ethics for the UK Government Digital Service. The workshop was about what kind of skills those who are put in charge of organisational data ethics might need to succeed, and caused me to reflect on my own professional experiences and the many conversations I’ve had with people in tech who are trying to make ethics meaningful on the ground.
As co-founder of Consequential, we believe it’s important to offer whatever insights we have to people in ethics and responsible tech…
Expectations of businesses are changing — people want to see how businesses support their communities and contribute to making the world a better place. Community businesses should be recognised as leading examples for what modern and responsible businesses can look like.
What community businesses are learning from their challenges in the COVID-19 crisis provide incredible insights about a business’ role within communities.
This article explores 3 lessons from community businesses on being a sustainable business that provides value to a community:
I recently read Samantha Power’s autobiography, “Education of an Idealist” [note: this is not a book review]. One of the central theses of the book is about whether it’s better to make change within or to hold those with power to account from the outside.
In her book, there’s a chapter where she speaks about the “effectiveness trap”, which was coined by James C. Thomson in an Atlantic essay about the Vietnam War.
The effectiveness trap is about ‘US officials who were unhappy with a policy and would typically deceive themselves into believing that they were doing more good by…
Technology has introduced us to new knowledge, wonder and ingenuity. It has made our lives easier, faster and more fun. But at the same time, many of the social harms of digital technologies built with a move fast and break things ethos — from its impact on social interactions to the results of national elections and large scale hacks — are now becoming apparent. As is the need to address them.
These social harms have caused immense reputational damage and resulted in a growing lack of trust between the public and technology.
Doteveryone’s landmark research into the public’s attitudes towards…
While there is an increasing number of articles from major publications that feature anxieties felt by those who are creating technology, many of these articles are based on a few interviews with high profile individuals or the concerns of a particular company.
What we don’t know is whether these thoughts and feelings are reflected across the whole of the UK tech sector. We also cannot confidently say what the people making our tech products or services think is the future of their industry or how they envision it could be better for everyone.
This is why at Doteveryone, we’re looking…
The pervasiveness of technology can make it feel like making it better for everyone is too big a problem to tackle. But there are small solutions we can start with today and then together can improve over time.
At Doteveryone, we’re creating a structured approach to Responsible Technology to help businesses understand the trade-offs they make in different contexts, anticipate unintended consequences, and better articulate the contributions they rely on and make to the communities which they are a part of.
We’re building a community to co-create best practice and bridge the divide between different disciplines and sectors. …
In a landscape of scandals and public concern over everything from data breaches, to social media harassment, to the impacts of automation, tech companies have come to realise that new, responsible ways of working are now a business imperative.
“Responsible technology is no longer a nice thing to do to look good, it’s becoming a fundamental pillar of corporate business models. In a post-Cambridge Analytica world, consumers are demanding better technology and more transparency. Companies that do create those services are the ones that will have a better, brighter future.”
Kriti Sharma, VP of AI at Sage — one of…