Ethics in IT Lec­tures — TAMING THE MACHI­NES – Uni­ver­si­ty Hamburg

The rese­arch group Ethics in Infor­ma­ti­on Tech­no­lo­gy at the Depart­ment of Infor­ma­tics at Uni­ver­si­ty of Ham­burg is offe­ring a high qua­li­ty public lec­tu­re seri­es: TAMING THE MACHI­NES. The lec­tures are orga­ni­zed by Prof. Dr. Judith Simon and Dr. Pak-Hang Wong. ARIC is very proud that the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ham­burg orga­ni­zed such a high qua­li­ty lecture.

The Gover­nan­ce and Regu­la­to­ry Challenges

Wit­nessing the harm done by online dis­in­for­ma­ti­on cam­pai­gns, algo­rith­mic discri­mi­na­ti­on, and digi­tal sur­veil­lan­ce, the­re are incre­a­sing calls for regu­la­ti­on of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and other rela­ted digi­tal tech­no­lo­gies. Inde­ed, a recent arti­cle in Natu­re Machi­ne Intel­li­gence repor­ted that the­re are over 70 sets of princi­ples and gui­de­li­nes on AI Ethics issued by com­pa­nies, aca­de­mic insti­tu­ti­ons and public orga­niz­a­ti­ons around the world in the last five years, which demons­tra­te the urgen­cy of pro­per regu­la­ti­on of AI and digi­tal technologies.

The gover­nan­ce and regu­la­ti­on of AI and digi­tal tech­no­lo­gies, howe­ver, can­not be limi­ted to princi­ples and gui­de­li­nes on AI Ethics. To achie­ve good AI gover­nan­ce and regu­la­ti­on, the­re is a varie­ty of chal­len­ges: One chal­len­ge is how to put princi­ples into prac­ti­ce, and how to coor­di­na­te and media­te con­flic­ting princi­ples in con­cre­te con­texts. Ano­t­her chal­len­ge is the dan­ger of ‘ethics washing’, whe­re the imple­men­ta­ti­on of gover­nan­ce and regu­la­to­ry frame­works is delay­ed by ‘ethi­cal deba­tes’ or repla­ced by the inst­alm­ent of Ethics Review Boards without clear man­da­te and super­vi­so­ry power. The­re are also ques­ti­ons about power and legitimacy—who get to deci­de and on what basis the decisi­on is justified.

The­se are some of the ques­ti­ons any satis­fac­to­ry account of AI gover­nan­ce and regu­la­ti­on must address. The public lec­tu­re seri­es invi­tes inter­na­tio­nal­ly renow­ned scho­l­ars to explo­re major ques­ti­ons about the gover­nan­ce and regu­la­ti­on of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and digi­tal technologies.

To get the latest updates and details to access the lec­tures, plea­se visit

The public lec­tu­re seri­es star­ted with Hol­ger Lyre’s talk “Does Alpha­Go Actual­ly Play Go? Con­cer­ning the Sta­te Space of AI” on Novem­ber 5th, 2020. Don´t miss out the gre­at inter­na­tio­nal­ly renow­ned scholars.

Pro­gram­me Win­ter 2020/21 [pdf]

05.11.2020 [more] [pos­ter]
Does Alpha­Go Actual­ly Play Go? Con­cer­ning the Sta­te Space of AI
Prof. Dr. Hol­ger Lyre (Uni­ver­si­tät Magdeburg)

What Is Good? Social Impacts of AI and Digi­tal Governance
Prof. Dr. Joan­na J. Bry­son (Her­tie School of Gover­nan­ce, Berlin)

The Robo­tic Dis­rup­ti­on of Mora­li­ty: Revo­lu­ti­on or Evolution?
Prof. Dr. John Dana­her (Natio­nal Uni­ver­si­ty of Ire­land Galway)

21.01.2021 [more] [pos­ter]
Twit­ter is a Bad Game
Prof. Dr. C. Thi Nguy­en (Uni­ver­si­ty of Utah, USA)

Myths and Misun­derstan­dings About Respon­si­bi­li­ty for the Unin­ten­ded Impact of Arti­fi­cial Intelligence
Prof. Dr. Karen Yeung (Uni­ver­si­ty of Bir­ming­ham, UK)

11.02.2021 [more] [pos­ter]
The Glo­bal Digi­tal Eco­no­my Made Con­cre­te: Unpacking the Smart City
Prof. Dr. Blay­ne Hag­gart (Brock Uni­ver­si­ty, Canada)
Prof. Dr. Nata­sha Tusi­kov (York Uni­ver­si­ty, Canada)

Time and Place

Thurs­day 18:15–19:45
deli­ve­r­ed in digi­tal form
Details to access the lec­tures will be made public here on a time­ly basis.


Here you can brow­se our pre­vious pro­gram­mes and stream pre­vious talks on Uni­ver­si­tät Hamburg’s video plat­form Lecture2Go.

To attend the lec­tu­re, plea­se regis­ter on Uni­ver­si­ty Ham­burg pro­gram­me page.



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