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Richmond Wong

Richmond Wong
Assistant Professor, Digital Media, School of Literature Media & Communication, Georgia Tech


Newell-Simon Hall 1305

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"Creating Ethics Infrastructures for Design"

Design is a social and cultural practice (as well as a technical one). Developing ethical systems requires more than creating technical ethical design tools for individual designers; it also requires consideration of social and cultural infrastructures that can help support designers when making decisions with ethical impacts. These infrastructures may include new organizational practices, law and policy, supporting worker and community-led actions, or developing tools that consider the social and organizational contexts where technologies are developed.  In this talk I will present on projects that investigate two possible areas to develop ethics infrastructures: how “AI ethics” toolkits imagine the work of doing ethics with artificial intelligence systems; and how organizations have rhetorically represented data privacy laws as forms of business risks. Through these examples I will discuss what HCI and design can learn from looking at these practices, and suggest new opportunities for design.

Speaker's Bio

Richmond Y. Wong is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Georgia Tech's School of Literature, Media, and Communication. He directs the Creating Ethics Infrastructures Lab where his research seeks to create social, cultural, and organizational environments that can support technologists and designers in ethical decisionmaking. Richmond's work utilizes qualitative and design-based methods, drawing from critically-oriented human computer interaction, science & technology studies, and speculative and critical design. He completed his PhD at the University of California Berkeley School of Information, a postdoc at the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, and has undergraduate degrees in Information Science and Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University.

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