CogX 19: Digital ethics and the world of work

Over the last two years there has been a growing public debate about what concepts, such as fairness, equality, morality and agency, mean in an era of algorithmic decision-making. Clearly continued automation will continue to change the world of work but what does this all mean for employees and workers?

A key public concern is the impact of emerging technologies, including AI and autonomous systems, on peoples’ jobs today and what this will mean for the future of work. With data-driven advanced digital technologies being introduced into the workplace across all sectors and industries, including those that have been relatively untouched by automation in the past, this is raising ethical questions about the impact on employees and whether the decisions being made by businesses about the use of new technologies are ethical, fair and moral.

This panel, chaired by techUK’s Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, will include:

  • Mike Clancy, General Secretary, Prospect
  • Kate Bell, Head of the Rights, International, Social and Economics, TUC
  • Julia Rhodes Davis, Director of Partnerships, Partnership on AI
  • Anna Byhovskaya, Senior Policy Advisor, TUAC

They will discuss the ethical questions and concerns being raised in the workplace by the development and adoption of new technologies including the:

  • Link between the digital ethics and future of work debate
  • Role of ethical guidelines and principles being developed by industries and sectors and how these can be operationalised
  • Importance of learnings from organisations around the world that have already taken a lead in addressing workers concerns and lessons that can be learnt from their experiences.

The panel will also consider how to bring workers and employees into the digital ethics debate, the importance of industry, government and trade unions working together moving forward and which of the new bodies and institutions created in the last year could take the lead to prevent the emergence of a digital ethics divide within society.

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  • Katherine Mayes

    Katherine Mayes

    Programme Manager | Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI
    T 020 7331 2019

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