ARE YOU READY FOR SOME TECH ETHICS UPDATES?

We’ve long wanted to provide updates to not only our old content but make the list useable in understanding current news for the thousands of people a day who access this site from around the world.

And with things going the way they are right now, it’s time!

Every day we get up and read about technologies at work that known to pose ethical issues. And while pointing them out has given people a new way of understanding this new tech-driven world, they’ve still been allowed to run amok and cause precisely the problems ethicists and concerned citizens thought they might.

So our hope is that on a weekly basis, we can add some context to issues we’ve highlighted in the past by updating them with newer resources.

This will come in the form of a blog I’ll be developing over the next few weeks.

But it’s going to go a little something like what you see below.

Feel free to send your feedback or updates on how you’re using the site, using the contact form at the bottom of the page.

(Oh, and YES, we’ll be releasing the 2021 Tech Top 10 List in the second week of December, as always!)


TECH TOP 10 BLOG

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN

We could (and will) update every entry we’ve ever done with new links to information.

Each week we’ll start by adding news we’ve seen recently. Then we’ll be adding new resources based on the most-accessed topics on the page according to our analytics.

First things first:

Here’s the first news story that popped up in our feed today on an app we’ve long known in problematic.

The Citizen App (2018 List)
Citizen was so controversial when it came out that it went through a huge rebranding to make it look less like a tool for vigilantes. But it never stopped giving real-time crime alerts to anyone who wanted access. Different from a police scanner, it provided detailed location information in the name of public safety.

Now it’s being used for contact tracing for COVID-19. And while contact tracing is vital for public health, we need to ask: If the technology is problematic (and you can click here on the questions we had about it to begin with), can we simply “repurpose it” for “good”? They have the infrastructure the city of Los Angeles needs right now, but can we trust it to lead to good outcomes?

In an article from September 11, 2020, the L.A. Times lays it out for us:
“…L.A. leaders are betting that any additional contact tracing helps — even if that help comes from a tech company whose approach to public safety has often come under fire.”
“L.A. has a new COVID-19 contact tracing app, from a controversial source”(L.A. Times, 2020)

What do you think? Playing with fire or a good investment in public health?


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