The Ethics of Implementing New Technology

Video recordings available here. Event Transcript here.

Technology develops at a rate much faster than law can keep up. And when new technology is made available to organizations in the absence of meaningful regulation, they are left with making the decision unilaterally if, when, and how it can and should be utilized and under what ethical considerations. This event will look at some of the recent and upcoming innovations in tech. Three expert panels will examine what organizations consider in deciding when to adopt a new tool or service; how organizations think about ethics and, in some cases, build policies to respond to these developments; and at what points they should walk away.

Join the Silicon Flatirons community virtually as three expert panels discuss various ethical aspects of implementing new technology:

  • The first panel will discuss the potential benefits that new forms of technology — from augmented reality to vaccine passports to NFTs — can provide to businesses and organizations, as well as the risks that they present, with a particular focus on risks to traditionally-marginalized communities.
  • Any consideration of new technology should have a standard process, including impact assessments and inclusive consultation with different communities. The second panel will consider what those processes should be and how they can be built into existing procedures.
  • The series will end with a discussion of when, in pursuit of implementing new tech, should an organization cut bait and put the idea back on the shelf. From security to efficacy, what are the measures that should be observed and what is the scale on which to base the measurement?

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09/28/21 11:00am - 11:05am
Welcome & Introduction
09/28/21 11:05am - 12:00pm
Risks and Opportunities for New Tech
  • Sally Hatcher — Moderator
    Sr. Director of Venture Development, University of Colorado
  • Newton Campbell — Panelist
    Director - Space Programs, Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth (AROSE) Consortium
  • Victoria Espinel — Panelist
    President and CEO, BSA | The Software Alliance
  • Lisa Neal-Graves — Panelist
    General Counsel and Business Advisor, Zazu Sensors, LLC


09/28/21 12:00pm - 12:15pm

09/28/21 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Building the Proper Process
  • David Sullivan — Moderator
    Executive Director, Digital Trust & Safety Partnership
  • Erin Kenneally — Panelist
    Director, Cyber Risk Strategy, Guidewire- Cyber Risk Analytics
  • Lea Kissner — Panelist
    Head of Privacy Engineering, Twitter
  • Deji Bryce Olukotun — Panelist
    Director of Policy and Corporate Social Responsibility, Sonos, Inc.
09/28/21 1:15pm - 1:30pm

09/28/21 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Is there a bright line?
  • Jill Dupré — Moderator
    Associate Director, ATLAS Institute, CU Boulder
  • Austin Chambers — Panelist
    Attorney, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • Eli Dourado — Panelist
    Senior Research Fellow, Center for Growth and Opportunity
  • Tiffany Li — Panelist
    Assistant Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law
09/28/21 2:30pm

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