2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

What the Ethics? Ethics of Data Decision Making

Sunday, March 13
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon H
500 E 4th St

Many professions have their code of ethics. Medicine has the Hippocratic oath, the military has the Uniform Code of Military Justice even pirates had the Pirate code of the Brethren to systematize actions and guide the decision making process. It is high time that data science, analytics and data trades more broadly have an ethical code as well. However, unlike the examples above, data trades do not have time to develop this code of ethics.

This panel will explore data, ethics and decision making in three contexts: subject understanding and the re-humanization of data, search as algorithmic/human interaction and frameworks for classifying and understanding data-centric decision making.

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Sudhir Venkatesh

William B Ransford Professor of Sociology

Columbia University

Sudhir Venkatesh is William B. Ransford Professor in Sociology & the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He advises companies on unlocking "Profitable Creativity" and leveraging data for better decision-making.

Tim Rich

Dir of Data Science

Publicis North America


Tim Rich is the Director of Data Science at Publicis North America and an avid builder of digital creations. With a background in Sociology and Economics Tim brings a strong methodolog...

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