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Three Upcoming Talks on AI, Ethics, and Law

Santa Clara Mission and palm trees

Santa Clara Mission and palm trees

Addressing Facial Recognition, Online Content Moderation, and More

Irina Raicu

This fall, the Ethics center is proud to co-sponsor three outstanding noontime talks that are part of the “AI for Social Impact” lecture series curated by professor Colleen Chien of Santa Clara University’s School of Law. The events are all free and open to the public, and will be held in Charney Hall, on the SCU campus.

On October 28, 12-1, Matt Cagle from the ACLU and James Leonard from the Santa Clara County’s District Attorney’s Office will present a discussion of facial recognition. The event, titled “Facial Recognition and the New Surveillance State,” will address the current state of facial recognition technology, its ongoing deployment in a variety of contexts (including in airports, churches, and schools), and the growing number of cities that are banning its use by governmental agencies. The event will be in Room 205, Charney Hall.

On November 11, 12-1, philosopher Shannon Vallor will discuss “AI Ethics, Law, and Human Progress.” Vallor is the Regis and Dianne McKenna professor in the department of Philosophy at SCU, and an AI ethicist/visiting researcher at Google. She is the author of a book titled Technologies and the Virtues: a Philosophical Guide to a Future Worth Wanting, and her current work focuses on the impact of emerging technologies on human character. She is also the primary author of a compendium of materials designed for ethics training workshops within tech companies, titled “Ethics in Technology Practice.” Her talk will be in Room 101, Charney Hall.

On November 18, 12-1, Twitter’s VP for Trust and Safety, Del Harvey, will provide an overview of content moderation policy and solutions that tech companies (like Twitter) are exploring in light of current regulatory proposals. (On October 21, for example, Twitter noted upcoming changes to the ways in which it handles deepfakes, promising that in “the coming weeks, [they’ll] announce a feedback period so that you can help [the company] refine this policy before it goes live.”) This talk will also be in Room 101, Charney Hall.

Please join us for any or all of these events!

Photo by Florent Laumureux, licensed under CC BY 2.0

Oct 22, 2019

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