Registration: Autumn 2019 Directed Research Group, Sept 21

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Research Group Autumn 2019: Examining Values & Ethics in Children & Interaction Design Research

Led by PhD student Saba Kawas and Professor Julie Kientz
Weekly Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 1-3 PM, PT
Location: Meetings via Zoom
Research Group Course Credit: 2-4 CR/NC

Deadline: Applications due by September 21, 2019

Research Group Overview

If you’re interested in children and technology design, consider participating in this Directed Research Group for Autumn 2019. You’ll collaborate to review and analyze a body of Technology, Interaction Design & Children’s research papers from the past decade. The group’s goal is to examine the values and ethics expressed in the research papers, through (1) content analysis and (2) surveying authors of theses papers. Continue reading

Events: Seattle University Albers Ethics Week, May 13-17

Event: Seattle University Albers Ethics Week, May 13-17

Albers Ethics Week is a unique annual program that hosts dozens of guest speakers from the greater Seattle-area business community for an intensive, week-long examination of ethical issues in business. Guests appear in classrooms across the Albers School curriculum, addressing ethical issues in areas such as accounting, finance, data analytics, marketing and human resource management. Continue reading

Talk: Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass, May 5

Talk: Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass

May 15, 2019
7:30 PM (Doors Open at 6:30)
Town Hall Seattle

MSR researchers Mary Gray and Sid Suri are talking about their new book Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass at The Forum at Town Hall on May 15, 2019 at 7:30 (doors at 6:30) at 1119 Eighth Ave. Please visit for tickets.
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Ed Mignon Distinguished Lecture: ANTISOCIAL MEDIA – How Facebook Disconnects People and Undermines Democracy, May 16

ANTISOCIAL MEDIA – How Facebook Disconnects People and Undermines Democracy

Thursday May 16, 2019
Ethnic and Cultural Center, 3931 Brooklyn Ave. NE
4:30-5:30 pm Lecture
5:30-6:30 pm Reception

If you wanted to build a machine that would distribute propaganda to millions of people, distract them from important issues, energize hatred and bigotry, erode social trust, undermine respectable journalism, foster doubts about science, and engage in massive surveillance all at once, you would make something a lot like Facebook. Continue reading

Registration: CSE 490/590 T – Intelligent Machinery, Identity, and Ethics

Registration: CSE 490/590 T – Intelligent Machinery, Identity, and Ethics

CSE 490/590 T – Intelligent Machinery, Identity, and Ethics is a rich, interdisciplinary course on the past, present, and future of intelligence, both natural and artificial. The early lectures detail the history of computing, and the way it dovetails with the history of neuroscience, the industrial revolution, math and philosophy. The middle section will zoom out to consider the role of computing and intelligence in natural and evolutionary processes, as well as its role in redefining, augmenting, and sometimes harming individuals and society. ML Fairness and, more broadly AI ethics are part of this picture. In the final third, the course will explore some of the future implications of large-scale trends and emerging capabilities. Continue reading

Call for Papers: Access to information – Freedom and Censorship, May 31

Call for Papers: Access to information – Freedom and Censorship

The deadline to submit abstracts is 31 May 2019.

The deadline to submit full papers is 31 October 2019.

Open Information Science Journal invites submissions for a special issue dedicated to scholarship on the broad theme of Access to Information—Freedom and Censorship. Library and information science scholars and practitioners around the world are encouraged to submit a paper on this theme.

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Events: UW Philosophers Talk about the Migration Crisis


UW Philosophers Talk about the Migration Crisis

When?  Wednesdays at Noon (specific dates below)
Where?  Gather round the Big Table outside of the Philosophy Office in Savery Hall 361

  • October 14: Human Rights (Bill Talbott)
    What does it mean to have a human right to asylum?  What is that a right to?  What should the U.S. be doing to secure that right for asylum seekers from the Middle East?
  • October 21: Justice (Michael Blake)
    Is it always unjust for a country to keep out those who would prefer to enter that country? Are there some people who have special rights to enter?  How should we identify those people?
  • October 28: Compassion (Colin Marshall)
    Can we really feel compassion for the millions of refugees? If so, should we?
  • November 4: Religion (Michael Rosenthal)
    Is religion or culture relevant to our decisions about helping refugees or our immigration policy?
  • November 18: Climate (Lauren Hartzell-Nichols & Alex Lenferna)
    How is climate justice relevant for immigration policy and considerations of responsibility to help refugees?
  • December 2: Health (Sara Goering & Carina Fourie)
    What kind of access to health care and public health do we owe undocumented migrants, asylum seekers and refugees?

Each session will begin with a brief, 15-20 minute presentation and then will continue with discussion.  Our goal is to stimulate conversation about this important topic.  Everyone in the UW community—students, faculty, and staff—are invited to attend.  The only prerequisite is that you come willing to listen and discuss with respect.  For more information, check our website ( or send an e-mail message to