22 episodes

With academics and industry experts, we create conversations around technology and ethics on topics like privacy, research practices, disparities in healthcare, cryptography, and more. Episodes go live the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Hosted by Seth Villegas

DigEthix: Digital Ethics Today DigEthix

    • Society & Culture

With academics and industry experts, we create conversations around technology and ethics on topics like privacy, research practices, disparities in healthcare, cryptography, and more. Episodes go live the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Hosted by Seth Villegas

    21: Trust and Safety Communication Technologies with Ryan Mayfield

    21: Trust and Safety Communication Technologies with Ryan Mayfield

    What are safety technologies? How do we best utilize our resources in order to prevent tragedies? How does a crisis affect the process of consent?

    Ryan Mayfield is the director of strategy at Live Safe, a mobile safety application company looking to connect individuals and safety officials in order to build better communities. Ryan is an expert in safety communications and user engagement, with experience in industry, government, and academia. Together with the Social Computing Systems (SALT) Lab at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, he helped publish the first-ever study of safety communications using anonymized user data. A graduate of Stanford University, Ryan remains affiliated with the Stanford University Peace Innovation Lab.

    Potentially Helpful Links:

    Dave Ropeik book: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7122765-how-risky-is-it-really
    911 rollout - https://www.nena.org/page/911overviewfacts
    Text-to-911 - https://www.911.gov/issue_textto911.html

    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org

    Credits:
    Music: "Dreams" from Bensound.com
    Edits: Julia Brukx
    Episode art: Julia Donohue

    • 1 hr 26 min
    20: Exploring Ethical Problems through Stories with After Dinner Conversation

    20: Exploring Ethical Problems through Stories with After Dinner Conversation

    After Dinner Conversation is online ethics magazine and podcast. We discuss the role of stories in exploring ethical situations and how the magazine uses discussion questions to prompt discussion.

    How do you personally navigate situations in which you can’t tell immediately if a decision will be right or wrong? In what situations do you find yourself unsure of what choice to make? How has technology impacted the situations that you find yourself feeling this way?

    Potentially helpful links:
    Magazine: https://www.afterdinnerconversation.com/

    Star Trek episode: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_That_Be_Your_Last_Battlefield
    Aristotle’s criticisms of democracy: https://fs.blog/aristotles-politics/
    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org

    Credits:
    Music: "Dreams" from Bensound.com
    Edits: Julia Brukx
    Episode art: Nicole Smith

    • 39 min
    19: Videogames and Positive Ethical Formation with Benjamin Chicka

    19: Videogames and Positive Ethical Formation with Benjamin Chicka

    Dr. Benjamin Chicka has a PhD in Religion from Claremont Graduate University.  He currently serves as a  lecturer of philosophy and religion at Curry College. He is the author of the book, Playing as Others, which will be the main topic of our conversation today. He is interested in how video games can be used as a source of positive ethical formation, leading people to eventually act more empathetically in society at large, particularly towards people who have been historically marginalized.

    Key questions: how do we learn to act ethically? What tools do we have to train ourselves in the direction that we hope to go? Should videogames be a part of this formation strategy or are they merely diversions?

    Potentially helpful links:

    Book: https://www.baylorpress.com/9781481315463/playing-as-others/
    Gamergate info: https://www.vox.com/2014/9/6/6111065/gamergate-explained-everybody-fighting
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/10/14/the-only-guide-to-gamergate-you-will-ever-need-to-read/
    Forums/video game communities
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/gamesblog/2013/jul/31/gamer-communities-positive-side-twitter
     Papers please
    https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2013/11/10/244413539/papers-please-puts-your-loyalty-sympathy-to-the-test
    Exploitation in the video game industry
    https://time.com/5603329/e3-video-game-creators-union/

    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org

    Credits:
    Music: "Dreams" from Bensound.com
    Edits: Julia Brukx
    Episode art: Julia Donohue

    • 52 min
    18: Ethical Leadership in Business and Life with Willys DeVoll

    18: Ethical Leadership in Business and Life with Willys DeVoll

    Willys DeVoll is a professional writer and co-author of the book, Leadership is a Relationship: How to Put People First in the Digital World, with Michael S. Erwin. Willys is the founder of Will Digital, a writing and design agency. As an expert at the intersection of language and technology, he’s spoken at a wide range of industry conferences and on podcasts. Willys earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Stanford University, where he studied English and philosophy.

    Willys helps us to think about the following questions: What traits make for an effective leader today? How can we build authentic relationships in our increasingly technology mediated world? Is it necessary to squeeze every ounce of productivity out of ourselves? 

    More information on Willys and the Book:

    https://www.leadershipisarelationship.com/
    https://willysdevoll.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/wdevoll/
    https://twitter.com/willysdevoll

    Potentially Helpful Links

    McDonald Conference for Leaders and Character https://www.westpoint.edu/leadership-center/mcdonald-leadership-conference#:~:text=The%20mission%20of%20the%20McDonald,skills%2C%20fosters%20critical%20thinking%20and
    Post-covid workplace https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/future-of-work/the-future-of-work-after-covid-19#
    Crossfit info: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/crossfit-ceo-steps-down-after-inflammatory-george-floyd-comments-n1228941
    Chandler Smith and Noah Olsen https://barbend.com/noah-ohlsen-chandler-smith-withdraw-2020-crossfit-games/
    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org

    Credits:
    Music: "Dreams" from Bensound.com
    Edits: Julia Brukx
    Episode art: Julia Donohue

    • 49 min
    17: Biohacking, Implants, and DIY Science with Jacob Boss

    17: Biohacking, Implants, and DIY Science with Jacob Boss

    The main topic we will be discussing together is Jacob Boss’s research on transhumanism. Transhumanism is a movement of people dedicated to using technology to transform humanity and to radically change the human condition. Jacob’s specific area of research is on a group of transhumanists known as Grinders. This group is highly interested in body modification through do-it-yourself science and technology.

    Jacob Boss is a doctoral candidate in Religious Studies at Indiana University. Jacob teaches widely, serving as instructor of record or associate instructor in the Departments of Religious Studies, Informatics, and the Collins Living-Learning Center. He is an editorial assistant for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and the co-founder of the Human Augmentation Research Network, hosted by the Center for Religion and the Human at Indiana University. He is a part of the Human Enhancement and Transhumanism unit of the American Academy of Religion.
    The key questions for this episode are: What does it mean to have body autonomy in an era of powerful technology? How will our ideas of self-expression change? How are grassroots movements like the grinders related to more corporatized movements within transhumanism itself? How far should we go in pursuit of new technologies that may relieve our pains and illnesses?

    About Jacob:

    https://religiousstudies.indiana.edu/about/graduate-students/boss-jacob.html
    https://twitter.com/jaarboss

    Potentially helpful links:

    https://www.sciencehistory.org/distillations/the-anatomy-riot-of-1788
    https://www.wired.com/story/this-diy-implant-lets-you-stream-movies-from-inside-your-leg/
    https://www.wired.com/2010/12/transcending-the-human-diy-style/

    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46442519
    https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/2020/10/06/a-very-kind-conversation-between-a-cyborg-and-some-biohackers/
    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org
    Music: "Dreams" from Bensound.com

    • 46 min
    16: The Case for the Non-Profit Technology Company with Rubén Mancha

    16: The Case for the Non-Profit Technology Company with Rubén Mancha

    Seth speaks with Dr. Rubén Mancha about developing more ethical business models and about the potential for a non-profit technology company. Rubén is an assistant professor of information technology at Babson College and an advisor to entrepreneurs and organizations. Rubén researches the social impact of digital technologies and digital business models, their potential for good, and the responsible digital transformation of businesses.  He also acts as one of the advisors for the podcast.

    The key questions for this episode are: 1) Why is data valuable to businesses? 2) How can we best negotiate data sharing, data capture, and data privacy 3) Can non-profit technology companies succeed in the current marketplace?

    Potentially Helpful Links:

    https://www.whoop.com/privacy/whoop-privacy-principles/
    http://www.rideaustin.com/
    https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection_en

    Rubén's articles (may need access):

    Whoop article: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/2515127420975181
    Wells Fargo article: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0007681317301581
    Article with David Nersessian and John Marthinsen: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/SRJ-09-2020-0386/full/html
    Contact us:
    digethix.org
    facebook.com/digethix
    twitter.com/digethix
    instagram.com/digethixfuture
    EMAIL: digethix@mindandculture.org
    Music: "Dreams" from Bensound.com

    • 49 min

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