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For the past two years, the ethics center has co-sponsored and co-organized several events as part of Santa Clara’s School of Law “AI for Social Impact” series. This year, the series has been re-titled “AI for Social Impact and Equity” and features a spectacular line-up of timely topics and expert speakers. All of the events are at noon PST; they are all free and available to the public as Zoom webinars.
You can register now for any or all of them!
On September 24, the series launches with a talk by ACLU technology and civil liberties attorney Matt Cagle, detailing the latest developments in response to the deployment of facial recognition technology.
On October 8, Neil Potts, the Public Policy Director with oversight of Facebook’s Trust and Safety Policy Team, will discuss the content moderation policies and enforcement at the largest social media platform in the world.
On October 15, an event titled “AI and Hiring: Automating Second Chances” will highlight the work of prof. Colleen Chien and the Paper Prison initiative that she leads; several Santa Clara University professors and students who are part of that initiative will discuss their effort to use algorithms to automate second chances for people who qualify for criminal record expungements, in the context of the impact of criminal records on hiring (and policies like Clean Slate and Ban the Box).
On October 29, Mutale Nkonde, the founding CEO of AI For the People (AFP) and a fellow at Harvard’s Berklman Klein Center for Internet and Society, will address the role that artificial intelligence plays in the ongoing fight against discrimination in the American criminal justice system, enabling a new generation of reformers.
Finally, on November 10, information warfare investigator Renee DiResta, who is the Research Manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, will join us to provide a retrospective analysis of the efforts to interfere in the 2020 election, as well as of the efforts to prevent and combat the interference—and the use of AI in both.
The events will all be recorded, and the recordings will be made available on the website for the series.
For educators interested in increasing discussion on AI ethics in their courses, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics offers a variety of additional resources, including a on overview titled “Artificial Intelligence and Ethics: Sixteen Challenges and Opportunities”; a collection of readings on AI ethics; a variety of brief AI ethics case studies; and a practical Framework for Ethical Decision Making.
We look forward to your participation in the “AI for Social Impact and Equity” events, and welcome your feedback!