ACE Seminar: Trust, Ethics and Autonomy - the ethics of the Internet

Speaker: Robin Wilton

Date/Time: 14-Apr-2016, 16:00 UTC

Venue: Roberts 4.22



The Internet reaches into every corner of our lives,  
and (knowingly or not) we entrust increasingly revealing data to it
about ourselves, our movements, and our circles of acquaintances.
The result is hardly ethically neutral, yet the ethical aspects are seldom discussed.

What happens if we try to apply standard ethical models to the use of personal data?

This talk looks at some of the reasons why such models tend not to work in the Internet context,
and the probable impact of developments such as autonomous systems and the Internet of Things.


Robin Wilton is the Technical Outreach Director for Identity and Privacy, in the Internet Society’s Internet Technology Office. He is a specialist in digital identity, IT security and public policy, with over 30 years’ experience in systems engineering, consulting and industry analyst roles.

He joined the Internet Society in 2012, is a member of the Kantara Initiative’s Board of Trustees, and is mildly notorious for having coined the phrase “reaching for the privacy banana”.

Currently, his two principal privacy themes are:

- Understanding the effect of current technical developments on user agency;
- Developing practical guidance on how to treat personal data ethically.

Robin has a reputation for ‘translating’ complex topics between technologists, business-people and policy-makers. His long-term interest is in how social constructs such as identity, privacy and trust are mediated through technology.

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