After the Facebook, Uber and Volkswagen scandals, where are we as an industry? How did we get here and will things get better or worse? 80% of developers don’t ultimately feel it’s their responsibility if unethical products go live. Are they right?
We'll be questioning who is responsible for the impact of tech products, for good and bad, and what they can do about it.
Code doesn't kill people, product managers do? Or maybe shareholders? CEOs? Developers? Or do we all need to be informed and responsible?
This is a radically new discussion championing bottom-up, developer-driven ethics. How can we make technologists the last bastion of defence against unethical products? After all, we design, write and deploy them.
Coed:Ethics is brought to you by Anne Currie and the team at Container Solutions supported by Coed:Code, the London tech meetup with over 700 members of all ages, genders, races, levels of experience in tech and (dis)abilities. Ethics in tech is a debate for everyone. Follow us @coedethics.
Our mission is to gather and disseminate ethics resources for developers here, on Twitter @coedethics & @anne_e_currie, on Github, and via our new Code Ethics blog. We ran a conference in London in 2018. We also support community activities and ethical goals for tech.
We believe being ethical and professional in tech means taking reasonable steps to maximize the good and minimize the harm caused by our software to individuals, society and the environment.
One of our Coed:Ethics goals is to build resources for developers around ethics in technology. We've set up a github project of useful links, thoughts and information for devs and non-devs alike. Please read and contribute your favourite resources.
We are also looking into resources about and trials of ethical Agile processes. Can we automate ethics? If not, how close can we get?
We are collaborating with the tech Think Tank Doteveryone on ethical checklists (or Responsible Tech as their project is called).
We will be collaborating with Digi2al and others to trial and generate some feedback loops on the checklists we develop, which will be CC. Contact us to get involved in building and trialling, or just keep an eye on the GitHub account for resources being published.
We are good friends with the team behind the GoodTechConf in Brighton in November. A great conference to go to after this one!
For ongoing news of the conference, we'll be keeping this site updated or you can follow Anne who tweets everything that happens as it happens!