2021 Symposium on Intercultural Digital Ethics


Wed - Thu, Nov 3 to Nov 4, 9:00am - 1:00pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

Recent advances in the capability of digital information technologies—particularly due to advances in artificial intelligence—have invigorated the debate on the ethical issues surrounding their use. However, this debate has often been dominated by ‘Western’ ethical perspectives, values and interests, to the exclusion of broader ethical and socio-cultural perspectives. Against this backdrop, the 2021 Symposium on Intercultural Digital Ethics will bring together a range of cultural, social and structural perspectives on the ethical issues relating to digital information technologies, with the aim of broadening the approach of digital and AI ethics. The symposium will be hosted virtually by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy on November 3 and 4. Information on how to register can be found below. 

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021, 9:00am -1:00pm EDT:

Fireside Chat - “Whither Intercultural Digital Ethics?” - Nikita Aggarwal (Oxford/Harvard) and Charles Ess (Oslo) | 9:00 - 9:40 AM EDT

Panel 1 - Decolonizing AI  |  Shakir Mohamed (Moderator) | DeepMind |  9:40 - 11:00 AM EDT

  • William Barylo (Warwick) – “Abusive algorithms: when ‘suggested content’ becomes colonial whiteness”
  • Catriona Gray (Bath) – “Towards a post-abyssal digital ethics”
  • Julia D’Agostini (UFMG) – “Censorship, history and cultural diversity: content moderation and its challenges”
  • Mishall Ahmed (York) – “AI at the Border: the differential impacts of AI technologies on refugees and asylum seekers” 

Break | 11:00-11:15 am EDT  

Panel 2 - Beyond Autonomy, Beyond Harm | Shannon Vallor (Moderator) | Edinburgh  | 11:15 AM - 12:45 PM EDT

  • Matthew Dennis (TU/Eindhoven) – “Collective Approaches to Digital Well-Being: A Confucian perspective”
  • Bryce Goodman (Oxford) – “Privacy without Persons”
  • Maximillian Gartner (Bologna) – “Intercultural Differences in Autonomy Perception and Technological Persuasion Envelopes”
  • Marianna Ganapini (Union College) – “Beyond Harm: a New Ethical Framework for Social Media”
  • Yannick Vogel (Turin) – “Potential lessons to be learned from EU Regulation 511/2014 in the context of value distribution of data in the European Data Economy”

Day 1 Closing Remarks — Mathias Risse, Faculty Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy 12:45 - 1:00 PM EDT

Thursday, November 4th, 2021, 9:00am -1:00pm EDT:

WelcomeNikita Aggarwal (Oxford/Harvard) | 9:00 - 9:05 AM EDT

Panel 3 - Governing AI: Local v Global |  Jess Whittlestone (Moderator) | Cambridge | 9:05 - 10:30 AM EDT

  • Soraj Hongladarom (Chulalongkorn) – “Should There Be More Specific Cultural Sensitivities in AI Ethics Guidelines?”
  • Rosanna Fanni (CEPS/Brookings) – “Transatlantic norm cohesion and collision in AI governance”
  • Pavlina Pavlova (OSCE) – “Moderate locally, impact globally: Addressing the security risks of anti-Roma hate speech on social media platforms”
  • Davide M. Parrilli (UNIDCOM-IADE) – “Designing a universal framework for privacy: challenges and obstacles”

Break | 10:30 - 10:45 AM EDT 

Panel 4 – Applying Intercultural Digital Ethics | Corinne Cath (Moderator) | Oxford | 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM EDT

  • Caroline Khene (De Montfort) – “Narratives in Responsible Digital Citizen Engagement in Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Rights in a Southern African Context”
  • Yishu Mao (MPIWG Berlin) – “Will an AI-dominated world be a better world? Chinese IT workers’ perspectives on AI ethics”
  • Enrico Panai (Sassari) – “Raising the Ethical Voice of the Peripheries: testing data ethics expectations in Aotearoa New Zealand”
  • Remy Hellstern (British Columbia) – “Leveraging Blockchain-Based Archival Solutions for Sensitive Documentation: A Xinjiang Case Study”
  • Mark Dempsey (Hertie School) - "The Brussels Effect of the GDPR: The Impact of EU Data Privacy Regulation in Africa with a special reference to Kenya"

Day 2 Closing Remarks — Sushma Raman, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy | 12:15- 12:30 pm EDT

Virtual Event Details
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a link for the livestream 1 hour before the event where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.