Citizenship, Privacy, and the 2020 Census

Episode 26 – Citizenship, Privacy, and the 2020 Census Show Notes The US Census happens every ten years and provides the basis for democratic representation, federal fund distribution, and swaths of research. But this time, the census is poised to potentially degrade its own results. The proposed inclusion of a single question around citizenship on […]

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AI Has Americans Worried

Episode 23: Concerns About AI – Show Notes Horror stories of AI gone mad are everywhere in science fiction – but are they likely to become reality? Many Americans now believe so. Based on a recent Vox article covering a study from the University of Oxford, we discuss the top concerns about AI on the […]

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Protect Privacy

Episode 22: Protect Privacy – Show Notes IT are not the only ones responsible to protect privacy of data. Data scientists share this burden as they search for, collect, store, utilize, and share vast amounts of information. In this episode, we explore what data scientists and non-practitioners should do to help protect privacy. Additional Links […]

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Daylight Savings Time and Confirmation Bias

Episode 17: Daylight Savings Time and Confirmation Bias – Show Notes This episode was inspired by a clear lack of sleep. Today, we are discussing confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is when people seek out only the evidence that supports their point of view while dismissing contrary evidence. An example might be a smoker highlighting a […]

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Moral Machine and We Get Stumped

Episode 16: The Moral Machine – Show Notes MIT conducted a long-term study called the Moral Machine that spanned the globe. It posed seemingly-simply questions about what a driverless car should do. These were variations on the trolley problem – a classic ethical dilemma about whether the driver of a runaway trolley should avoid striking […]

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Transparency & Reputational risk
Reputational Risk and Data Transparency

Episode 15: Transparency and Reputational Risk – Show Notes Between the mortgage crisis, Madoff Scandall, and Wells Fargo’s fraudulent account openings, banks have had a rough go of it. They have become increasingly aware and sensitive to the effects of reputational risk. To counter these possible problems, many banks have implemented more stringent policies for […]

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Become a Member

Hi listeners. This is Lexy with the Data Science Ethics Podcast. Today, I’ve got a special announcement. We are gearing up to launch the members only podcast! As we teased in the introductory episode, the members only podcast explores data science ethics in pop culture. Our first topic is an episode of Star Trek: The […]

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Ethical Obligations of a Data Translator

Episode 14: Ethical Obligations of a Data Translator – Show Notes Data Translator is a new title coming up in the business world over the last few years. This role is an intermediary between those requesting data science work and the data scientists. It’s sort of like a business analyst but for analytics projects. To […]

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All Warmed Up with the Strava Heatmap

Episode 13: All Warmed Up with the Strava Heatmap – Show Notes Many people, civilians and military personnel alike, use fitness trackers every day to keep tabs on their health. They track everything from steps to heart rate to sleep cycles. With some manual input, they can also balance other aspects of personal health and […]

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Blockchain Gives Us Hope

Episode 12:┬áBlockchain Gives Us Hope – Show Notes In our last episode on Deepfake, we mentioned blockchain as a possible solution for identifying authentic versus altered audio and video. In today’s episode, we look at a number of ways that blockchain can and is already providing positive impact in the world. In addition to its […]

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