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DIGETHIX creates conversations around ethics and technology. We interview academic and industry experts to create case studies for public discussion on topics like privacy, research practices, disparities in healthcare, cryptography, and more. Podcast episodes are released on Wednesdays at 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT.

DIGETHIX: Conversations on our Technological Future DIGETHIX

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DIGETHIX creates conversations around ethics and technology. We interview academic and industry experts to create case studies for public discussion on topics like privacy, research practices, disparities in healthcare, cryptography, and more. Podcast episodes are released on Wednesdays at 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT.

    DIGETHIX 11: Shared Computing, Data Analysis, and Boston University's Computing and Data Sciences Unit with Azer Bestavros

    DIGETHIX 11: Shared Computing, Data Analysis, and Boston University's Computing and Data Sciences Unit with Azer Bestavros

    Seth interviews Dr. Azer Bestavros.  Azer is the Inaugural Associate Provost for Computing and Data Sciences (aka CDS) at Boston University and the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor in the Computer Science Department, which he joined in 1991 and chaired from 2000 to 2007. He is also the Founding Director of the Hariri Institute for Computing. As he will share in this interview, Azer has worked on several major projects involving both public and private entities, looking at mathematical methods for analyzing data without compromising the privacy or the security of the data being examined.

    Seth asks Azer about how he initially got involved with computer science and about the development of important topics in the field, such as massive shared computing systems and privacy preserving analytics. As Azer will explain, the mathematical and technological problems were sometimes easier to solve than the social challenges of trust and adoption. The key questions for this episode are: how can computational methods and technologies be used to address social challenges? How might data be integrated into other academic disciplines? What role do computer scientists have to play in larger research questions?

    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org
    Music: "Dreams" from Bensound.com

    • 1 hr 5 min
    DIGETHIX 11 Teaser

    DIGETHIX 11 Teaser

    We are really looking forward to starting up regular episodes again. The first episode of the second season will be released next week, on September 15th. Seth will be interviewing Azer Bestavros.

    Azer Bestavros is the Inaugural Associate Provost for Computing and Data Sciences at Boston University and the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor in the Computer Science Department, which he joined in 1991 and chaired from 2000 to 2007. He is also the Founding Director of the Hariri Institute for Computing. As he will share in this interview, Azer has worked on several major projects involving both public and private entities, looking at mathematical methods for analyzing data without compromising the privacy or the security of the data being examined.

    Not only that, but Azer's work served as a major inspiration for this podcast. His insight and experience were invaluable and getting conversations like these off the ground. We hope you will join us next week!
    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org

    • 58 sec
    DIGETHIX 10: Season Recap and State of the Podcast

    DIGETHIX 10: Season Recap and State of the Podcast

    Seth reviews the first set of episodes for the DIGETHIX podcast, talking about his experience and takeaways from this season.  He reviews the cover art for each episode, which were designed by Alex Nielsen and Nicole Smith, to discuss the range of themes that were discussed. A gallery of the described images can be found on our website here:

    https://digethix.org/podcast-10-season-recap-and-state-of-the-podcast/

    The podcast will be on a break for three weeks, with regular uploads resuming again on September 1, 2021, with other content coming out on our other social media.

    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org
    Music: "Dreams" from Bensound.com

    • 30 min
    DIGETHIX 9: Pegasus NSO Spyware and the Business of Surveillance

    DIGETHIX 9: Pegasus NSO Spyware and the Business of Surveillance

    Seth and Bernd Dürrwächter review the Pegasus NSO Spyware scandal. Bernd is principal at AnalyticDimensions.com, a consultancy for big data analytics & data science projects. Bernd has been advising the podcast from the beginning, using insights from his decades of industry experience.

    The first half of the conversation goes over the details of the Pegasus scandal and other incidents that NSO has been involved with in the past. The second half turns toward the broader questions of cybersecurity and consent. The key questions for this episode are: if someone gets access to our phone or laptop, just how much reach does that person have into our life? What kinds of surveillance have been enabled by our technologies? What can we do about it?

    Potentially Helpful Articles:

    1. https://www.theverge.com/22589942/nso-group-pegasus-project-amnesty-investigation-journalists-activists-targeted
    2. https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3912882,00.html
    3. https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/research/2021/07/forensic-methodology-report-how-to-catch-nso-groups-pegasus/
    4. https://info.lookout.com/rs/051-ESQ-475/images/pegasus-exploits-technical-details.pdf
    5. https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/research/2019/10/morocco-human-rights-defenders-targeted-with-nso-groups-spyware/
    6. https://citizenlab.ca/2016/08/million-dollar-dissident-iphone-zero-day-nso-group-uae/
    Other Articles on Tracking:
    1. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/19/opinion/location-tracking-cell-phone.html
    2. https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/20/22586161/cell-phone-location-data-grindr-catholic-church-report-data-brokers

    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org
    Music: "Dreams" from Bensound.com

    • 1 hr
    DIGETHIX 8: Critical Thinking and the Process of Ethics in Technology with Bernd Dürrwächter

    DIGETHIX 8: Critical Thinking and the Process of Ethics in Technology with Bernd Dürrwächter

    Seth talks to Bernd Dürrwächter, one of DIGETHIX’s advisory board members and main collaborators. Bernd is principal at AnalyticDimensions.com, a consultancy for big data analytics & data science projects. He studied computer science at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences from 1988-1992. Bernd is a seasoned practitioner in software engineering, IT architectures, business intelligence & data analytics solutions. 
    Seth and Bernd discuss the challenges to education. They highlight how difficult it is to come to a consensus around values. The key questions for this episode are: given the value problem, how can a podcast like DIGETHIX make concrete suggestions? How can public discussion be used in conjunction with education to better equip the next generation of technologists?

    Potentially Helpful Links:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook%E2%80%93Cambridge_Analytica_data_scandal
    https://cmr.berkeley.edu/2017/04/evolution-of-business-ethics/
    https://www.iso.org/iso-9001-quality-management.html
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/technology/myanmar-facebook-genocide.html 
    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org
    Music: "Dreams" from Bensound.com

    • 1 hr 6 min
    DIGETHIX 7: Artificial Intelligence, Emotion, and What Makes Us Human with Dr. Noreen Herzfeld

    DIGETHIX 7: Artificial Intelligence, Emotion, and What Makes Us Human with Dr. Noreen Herzfeld

    In this episode of the podcast, Seth interviews Dr. Noreen Herzfeld. Noreen is the Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professor of Science and Religion at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict. She holds degrees in both Computer Science and Mathematics and has a Ph.D. in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. 
    Seth talks to Noreen about the history of artificial intelligence and about cultural attitudes towards technology, especially those in transhumanism. She stresses that emotions are a key difference between us and machines and that emotions may be essential to what makes us human. The key questions for this episode are: what does it mean for a machine system to be considered intelligent? Is education really a matter of a simple information transfer?
    Potentially Helpful sources:
    https://www.loc.gov/loc/brain/emotion/Kagan.html
    https://www.simplypsychology.org/behaviorism.html
    https://mitsloan.mit.edu/ideas-made-to-matter/emotion-ai-explained
    https://news.stanford.edu/2021/02/23/four-causes-zoom-fatigue-solutions/
    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/feeling-our-emotions/
    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org
    Music: "Dreams" from Bensound.com

    • 1 hr 1 min

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