Ethics Village: What Is The Role Of Ethics In Technology And Society?

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By Sean Martin, host of At The Edge

This podcast episode is part of our Las Vegas cybersecurity event coverage called “Chats on the Road to Las Vegas”, which, of course, is centered around the extremely popular cybersecurity research and hacker events, Black Hat and DEF CON.

On today’s show, Sean Martin is joined by Dr. Imani Palmer, a researcher at the Information Trust Institute at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Jane Blanken-Webb, a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Information Trust Institute at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Today's topic is ethics. More specifically, ethics in technology. And even more specifically, ethics in cybersecurity. We discuss this topic in relation to the Ethics Village being organized at this year’s DEF CON conference in Las Vegas.

It turns out that it’s not just business people and ethics-curious individuals interested in discussing this topic. It seems that engineers - and even hardcore hackers - are eager to explore what ethics "is" and how it plays a role in shaping the technologies we use and the society in which all this amazing, emerging tech lives. In fact, there was such a high submission rate for content as part of the Ethics Village that it turned into a 2-day village.

Join Sean as Imani and Jane touch on topics such as:

  • Responsible disclosure of vulnerabilities
  • Hacking back
  • Diversity in ethics
  • Ethics in diversity
  • "Asking for a friend"
  • ... and so much more


Listen in and enjoy!

 

About Jane Blanken-Webb

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Jane Blanken-Webb is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Information Trust Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is taking the lead as co-principal investigator on a grant funded initiative, Ethical Thinking in Cyber Space (EThiCS), supported by the National Security Agency. The main aim of this grant is to develop and teach a cybersecurity ethics curriculum, which was piloted during the Spring semester of 2018.

Jane holds a PhD specializing in Philosophy of Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her work has been published widely in the field of education.

In addition to extensive teaching experience at the university level, she has four years of experience teaching in K-12 environments. Jane and has been working in cybersecurity education since the Fall of 2016 and is closely involved with the Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program, an NSF funded Scholarship for Service program.

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About Imani Palmer

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Dr. Imani Palmer is a researcher at the Information Trust Institute. Her primary research focuses on the science of security and security education. She recently graduated with her Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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