The Future of Ethics, Society, and Computing (Future ESC)
Computing has long been framed as a domain that allows humanity to tackle serious societal problems, but public opinion has now come to frame computing itself as a major societal problem. Computers are seen as a key enabler of surveillance capitalism, part of an exclusionary professional practice, a vehicle for deeply biased schemes for the redistribution of resources, and a system that circulates unwanted communication (propaganda, fraud, spam, bullying, hate). How can we fundamentally ground academic research about computing in ethics and justice? This project proposes an innovative collaboration across science and technology studies (STS); human-computer interaction; art & design; cyberfeminism, and disability studies to catalyze new work that will respond to what has been called computing’s “ethics emergency.” It will investigate the potential for a new research center addressing these themes.