Racial Justice and Business Technologies

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Panel will explore the moral dimensions of technology policy and implementation with an eye toward racial impacts.

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AOM Social Issues in Management Division

Hosts: Paul T. Harper (Pittsburgh) & Kirsten Martin (Notre Dame)


Alvaro Bedoya (Georgetown University)

Muhammad Ali (Northeastern University)

Ezinne Nwankwo (University of Cambridge)

Panel will explore the moral dimensions of technology policy and implementation with an eye toward racial impacts. Issues of fairness and transparency in use of machine learning algorithms used in the high-stakes contexts will be a central theme of the discussion.

Lead Sponsor: Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

Call For Papers:

Journal of Business Ethics (Financial Times 50)

Special Issue on “Racial Justice and Business Ethics”

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2021

Guest Editors: Paul T. Harper (Pittsburgh), Robbin Derry (Lethbridge), Gregory Fairchild (Virginia)

Professor Alvaro Bedoya is the founding director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, where he is also a Visiting Professor of Law and Director of the Federal Legislation Clinic.

Prof. Bedoya is an expert on government surveillance and commercial data collection, with a focus on their impact on immigrants and people of color. In 2016, he co-authored The Perpetual Line-Up: Unregulated Police Face Recognition in America, the Center’s year-long investigation that revealed that most American adults are enrolled in a police face recognition database. He has testified before Congress and state legislatures, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Slate.

Before founding the Center, Prof. Bedoya served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, where he negotiated legislation and conducted oversight on mobile location privacy, biometrics, and NSA transparency. In 2009, he co-founded the Esperanza Education Fund, a college scholarship for immigrant students that is blind to applicants’ legal status. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Free Press and previously served on the board of the Hispanic Bar Association of Washington, D.C.

He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, where he received the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

Muhammad Ali is a PhD student at Northeastern’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences focusing on social networks, privacy, and algorithmic auditing, advised by Professors Alan Mislove and Christo Wilson. Ali earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan and his master’s degree in computer science from Saarland University. Ali is a part of Northeastern’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, where he deals with problems in data privacy and bias in data-driven algorithms. Previously, he worked at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems during his master’s studies in Saarbrücken, Germany, particularly on bias and discrimination problems in online ads such as those on Facebook. Ali focuses on better understanding the internet advertising ecosystem – what kinds of data are being shared and how it affects users. He is interested in measuring and auditing algorithms in production for instances of bias and troubling behavior. He likes that his work is so relevant to internet users and that he can easily explain what he does to people inside and outside CS, like his family. In the future, he would enjoy working in an industrial research setting.

Ezinne Nwankwo is currently the recipient of the Harvard-Cambridge Fellowship that funds a year of research and scholarship at the University of Cambridge. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University in Applied Mathematics with a focus on Statistics. At Harvard she has been vice president of the Harvard Black Students Association and after serving as a volunteer, tutor, and mentor at the Phillips Brooks House Association she served as the Assessment and Evaluations Chair, a role which enabled her to design a common online volunteer application and bring the discipline of statistical analysis to many of PBHA’s diverse public service programs to evaluate their effectiveness. She was also a data analytics intern at the City of Boston’s Department of Innovation & Technology, a job that saw her using many of the skills she developed in an advanced math class project she did analyzing the employment database of the City of Austin, Texas.

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