We have an intimate relationship with technology. It is infused in our daily life, from our home and car to our finances and health care. As we welcome new technologies into our most personal spaces, there is a growing recognition that design-based thinking needs to consider ethics and the users it serves.
A second-year Waterloo Engineering student shared the top prize at a recent hackathon focused on the creation of technology to protect privacy.
Lena Nguyen of systems design engineering teamed up with Anne Chung, a second-year computer science student at the University of Waterloo, to develop software that puts browsers on kids mode by disabling web page fields asking for sensitive information such as addresses and credit card numbers.
This week, the denizens of Twitter began posting photos of themselves with an odd array of labels. Some, like “face,” were confusingly benign, while others appeared to verify harder truths: Your humble writer was declared a cipher, a nobody, “a person of no influence.” Fair enough. But many of the labels were more troubling. There were rape suspects and debtors. A person would be labeled not just black, but “negro” and “negroid.”