Western Insights: Ethics of Technology

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Friday, May 20, 2022
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Online - Zoom



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In our next Western Insights, we will be focusing on the technology sector with an ethics lens. Whether you work in the tech sector or are simply surrounded by it in your daily life pausing to discuss the various ethical dilemmas and frameworks can be enlightening. 

Consider the amount of data collected about you every day, from the many cameras you walk past, websites you visit, cell phone towers you pass, purchases you make, and the dozen things in that abandoned cart on tab 14 of your browser. From your every day use, a complex data web is collected and constructed by tech companies.

The data image of you produces highly tuned marketing messages and suggestions that seem to eerily reflect all to closely. What are the ethics at work at the corner of technology and convenience?

In this session of Western Insights, we will bring together experts who will share their thoughts and experiences from the forefronts of both technology and ethics. The panel will help distinguish best practices and the ethical frameworks deployed within the industry.

Western Insights is an online panel series created to provide the broader region, Western alumni, friends, and students with access to information on current events drawing from the University's nationally respected experts. This series is offered entirely online and is open to everyone.

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Event Speakers

Aran Clauson

Aran Clauson

Aran received his bachelor's degree from Western in 1997 and started a career as a software engineer for a variety of company: as small as three employees to as large as 18,000; from industrial automation to short-lived Internet start-up; from the known xSides to Amazon.  Aran returned to Western for a masters degree in Computer Science and then went to the University of Oregon for a PhD.  His primary interests are computer systems and theory.  The last publication was a cooperation with Political Science and Environmental Science. 

Junaid Khan

Junaid Khan

Junaid Ahmed Khan is an Assistant Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Program, Engineering and Design Department, Western Washington University. Previously, he has been a research associate at the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and Connected Cities with Smart Transportation (C2SMART) center at New York University. He has a Ph.D in Computer Science from Université Paris-Est, Marne-la-Vallée, France. His research interests are Cyber Physical Systems with emphasis on Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and Internet of Things (IoTs). 

Bernhard Kohlmeier

Bernhard Kohlmeier

Bernhard Kohlmeier is a Partner Group Program Manager in Microsoft Office working on Microsoft Search in their productivity suite. He is passionate about Information Retrieval, connecting users with the Knowledge of the enterprise and the world, as well as applying AI to real world productivity scenarios. His portfolio includes Microsoft Search in the Office applications, including several knowledge and content reuse features. He is also the lead champion for Responsible AI in Office and is extremely excited about the impact RAI has on the future of software. Richard is very passionate about all aspects of ethics in technology and bringing more diversity and inclusion to Microsoft's products. He has been with Microsoft for 20 years.


Craig Dunn

Craig Dunn

Craig P. Dunn is Professor within the College of Business and Economics at Western Washington University and Associate Professor Emeritus of San Diego State University, in both instances specializing in business and society issues. In mid-September 2016 he transitioned into Western's Wilder Distinguished Professorship of Business and Sustainability, having previously served for three years as Dean of the College of Business and Economics. His research interests include managerial ethics and values, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, the meaning of work, and social entrepreneurship.

Questions and Accommodations

Contact James McCafferty for this event. Feel free to email at James.McCafferty@wwu.edu or call (360) 650-2414 if you have any questions or comments.

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