Data Ethics Club meeting 06-04-22, 1pm UK time#

Meeting info#


You’re welcome to join us for our next Data Ethics Club meeting on 6th April 1pm UK time. You don’t need to register, just pop in. This time we’re going to watch/read The Algorithmic Colonization of Africa by Abeba Birhane.

Discussion points#

There will be time to talk about whatever we like, relating to the paper, but here are some specific questions to think about while you’re reading.

  • Birhane states that tech solutions are made on the basis of utilitarianism - “the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people,” - which means that solutions that center minorities are never sought. Do you agree, and what are the alternatives?

  • How does White Saviourism show up in the pursuit of tech solutions for social good?

  • What Western ideals influence the way we build technology in the Global North? What should we be doing to learn more effectively from other parts of the world?