More Than Tech: How Ethics, Law and Policy Play a Major Role in Technology Development | IEEE TechEthics Virtual Panel

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About the Video: Advancing technology for the benefit of humanity requires attention to more than just research and design. This international panel addresses why ethics, law and policy play a major role in moving technology into widespread use.

About the Panelists:

- Dr. Jennifer Boger is passionate about creating technologies that enable more inclusive, equitable, and personal support for health, wellbeing, and quality of life for older adults. Her team at the Intelligent Technologies for Wellness and Independent Living lab (www.itwil.ca) engages in transdisciplinary collaboration and user-driven design practices that blend state-of-the art knowledge from computer science, engineering, and health sciences to create internationally renowned intelligent assistive technologies for supporting graceful aging. Jennifer believes that incorporating multiple viewpoints is key in achieving novel, holistic, and implementable solutions to the large, complex problems surrounding aging and technology. She is spearheading the concept of ‘Ethical by Design’, which involves the systematic development of a methodology to enable disparate stakeholders to collaboratively build ethics into products or systems throughout their lifecycle. Jennifer’s degrees are in Biological Engineering (BSC, University of Guelph), Biomedical Engineering (MASc, University of Toronto), and Life and Health Sciences (PhD, Ulster University). Over the past 15 years Jennifer has been a researcher on 38 projects, author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and served on several international boards. - Donovan Guttieres is a current Organizing Partner and former Science-Policy Focal Point within the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, the General Assembly mandated, official, formal and self-organized space for children and youth to contribute to and engage in certain policy processes at the UN. He is a research scientist for the BioACCESS Initiative within the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation, which seeks to improve global access to biologic therapies, especially for non-communicable diseases. Donovan received an M.S degree in Technology and Policy from the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) at MIT and a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University.

- Dr. Clara Neppel is the Senior Director of the IEEE European office in Vienna, where she is responsible for the growth of IEEE’s operations and presence in Europe, focusing on the needs of industry, academia, and government. Clara serves as a point of contact for initiatives with regard to technology, engineering and related public policy issues that help implement IEEE’s continued global commitment to fostering technological innovation for the benefit of humanity. Clara joined IEEE after many years with the European Patent Office where she was involved in various aspects relating to innovation, intellectual property and public policy in the field of information and communication technologies. She co-authored publications both in the field of patentability of computer implemented inventions as well as possible future scenarios of the intellectual property system. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich and a Master in Intellectual Property Law and Management from the University of Strasbourg.

- Mark A. Vasquez (moderator) is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with over 25 years of experience in association management at IEEE. He serves as the program manager for IEEE TechEthics, a program that drives conversations about the ethical and societal impacts of technology. In this capacity, he works to develop relationships with others in the technology ethics community, produces events, convenes thought leaders, and more. Mark is an engineering graduate of The Cooper Union.

Recorded on 21 September 2020 as part of the IEEE Region 8 Student and Young Professionals Congress (https://www.r8syp.com/virtual-syp).

Brought to you in part by a grant from the IEEE Foundation.

About the Video: Advancing technology for the benefit of humanity requires attention to more than just research and design. This international panel addresses why ethics, law and policy play a major role in moving technology into widespread use.

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