This keynote will inform and inspire CW22 participants on the importance of ethics when building software and datasets, the impact of bias, and the implications for justice.
Dr Pamela Ugwudike is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of Research at the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton. She leads the Department’s Digital Technologies Research Cluster. She is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute (the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence) and a current and past member of several research and policy-related Advisory Boards including the Ryder Review of the Governance of Biometric Technologies, commissioned by the Ada Lovelace Institute. She is also a co-Editor-in-Chief of Criminology and Criminal Justice Journal, the flagship Journal of the British Society of Criminology. Her research considers the ethical and social implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems, with a focus on the data-driven technologies (such as risk prediction and online social networking algorithms) that structure knowledge production and inform criminal justice policy.
Dr Ugwudike is listed in the Directory of Women in AI Ethics. She is currently working on an ESRC project exploring the risks and harms of ‘sharenting’ on social media and how to develop AI-driven remedial strategies (2021-2024). She has led a number of multidisciplinary projects on: the ethics of predictive policing algorithms (funded by the Alan Turing Institute 2019-2021); the nexus of online epistemic domination and digital exclusion (funded by the Web Science Institute 2019-2020); the digitisation of technologies for evaluating criminal justice practice (funded by Cherish Digital Economy/EPSRC 2016-2017); and the digitisation of an evaluation package for assessing youth justice practice (funded by the ESRC IAA 2018-19). Dr Ugwudike’s research projects are primarily multidisciplinary. They bring together knowledge and expertise from criminology, computer science, mathematics, and software engineering.
The CW22 keynote presentations and panel will be broadcasted live via the Institute’s YouTube channel and immediately made available for everyone, particularly those who are unable to participate in the full programme. Keep an eye on the CW22 website or sign up to receive CW22 updates and the links to the live streams closer to the event here.