Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics; The Atlantic, May 1, 2017

Kaveh Waddell, The Atlantic; 

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

"The Internet of Things, as it’s called, is also lacking a critical ethical framework, argues Francine Berman, a computer-science professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a longtime expert on computer infrastructure. Together with Vint Cerf, an engineer considered one of the fathers of the internet, Berman wrote an article in the journal Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery about the need for an ethical system.

I spoke to her about ethical design, and how to balance individual privacy with the potential for social good of connected devices that share data with one another. A transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for concision and clarity, follows."

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