Casey Fiesler | Designing More Ethical and Diverse Technology

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Casey Fiesler | Designing More Ethical and Diverse Technology

Casey Fiesler

Posted on December 1, 2020

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“Things still aren’t perfect but we’re moving in the right direction.” — Casey Fiesler

The idea of technology and social media influencing a presidential election once would’ve sounded ridiculous. Today, it’s a reality that raises big questions about the tech industry’s ethical responsibility regarding everything from flagging misinformation to reflecting our diverse society. 

Casey Fiesler, a research and assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, is an expert on ethics in technology and the influence it has on our society. In this episode of Leading with Genuine Care, Casey explains the basics of tech ethics, why increasing inclusion in tech can create a better world, how rewriting a “bafflingly sexist” Barbie book on computer science helped Mattel improve how they teach girls about tech, and so much more.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why ethics in technology is important
  • What it means to be ethical in tech
  • About current tech ethic stories in the news
  • What responsibility tech companies should have
  • How Casey helped Mattel write better books about girls in computer science
  • Why disinformation in the media creates ethical tech questions
  • What Twitter’s “Civic Integrity” policy is
  • Why tech companies need to follow more metrics than profit 
  • How the election brought up many ethical tech issues
  • Why diversity in tech design and leadership offers better solutions 
  • What technical debt is
  • How technology can invade privacy
  • Why people must consider what they put on the internet
  • If Casey thinks we’re on the right track
  • And so much more!

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More About Casey Fielser

Casey Fiesler is an assistant professor and founding faculty in the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she researches and teaches in the areas of technology ethics, internet law and policy, and online communities. 

She is also a public scholar and a frequent commentator and speaker on topics of technology ethics and policy, as well as women in STEM (including consulting with Mattel on their computing-related Barbies). 

Originally from Atlanta, she holds a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in Human-Centered Computing and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.


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