Integrating awareness and reflection on the ethical issues raised by new technology is essential to instilling a moral lens for their use. Ethics Lab’s “Engaged Ethics Initiative” develops and delivers infusion modules for courses tackling issues in emerging technology, such as International Privacy & Surveillance. These infused courses enable students to learn about technology with an appreciation of the human and social values that should shape its use.
In May 2018, students in Georgetown Law’s IPR Tech and Communications Clinic filed comments with the Federal Election Commission, urging new rules to require public disclosure of paid political ads on social media. Students worked on the comments on behalf of three civil rights organizations, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, and Color of Change.
Launched in partnership with New America, the Baker Future Fellowship gives students exposure to cutting-edge thinking in the intersections between emerging technology (especially automation and artificial intelligence), work, opportunity, and social impact. As part of their work, Fellows perform data analysis and policy research, write thought pieces, and participate in weekly skill-building sessions to cultivate their leadership capacity.
A new master’s degree program at Georgetown University’s School of Medicine is aimed at the future practicing clinical informaticians who will lead this field. In contrast to similar degree programs at other institutions, this new program will teach students to view the data they analyze from an ethical perspective, with the goal of using data science to improve health, health care outcomes and reduce costs—all with public policy and social justice in mind.
CCT students learn to cut across institutional and disciplinary boundaries and explore how our society uses media and technology to communicate from social, economic, political, and cultural perspectives. Backgrounds, skill sets, and academic focuses are diverse—from economists studying theories of culture and communication to artists building robots.
Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and Graduate Analytics program now offer a joint degree for students interested in pursuing a concentration at the intersection of data science and quantitative public policy analysis. The course is oriented towards public service and civic engagement but relevant in the private and nonprofit sectors.
Georgetown Law’s Federal Legislation Clinic and Center on Privacy & Technology offer a first-of-its-kind class pairing Georgetown Law students with MIT computer science students over the course of a semester. Teams of students work together on projects that focus on where policy meets the real world. The course culminates in student presentations to regulators and policy experts in Washington, D.C.
Digital innovations like machine learning and AI are transforming our lives, creating potential for both tremendous social good and unprecedented challenges. Using Ethics Lab’s signature blend of ethical theory and creative exercises, students in a new Data Ethics course tackle these issues and work on projects to address questions such as: How can big data be used for the public good? Does the use of predictive analytics in employment and policing decisions reduce or reinforce bias? Is privacy dead—and should we care?