The ISC held a Networking event last week which focused on Data Ethics. This Networking event was hosted by Neeta Ramudaram of EY and was very graciously sponsored by EY.

On the evening we had a fantastic turnout with over 50 guests who all contributed to great debate and conversation. We were delighted to hear from our Key Note speaker, Dr. David Leslie, Ethics Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Following David’s speech we had an inspiring panel of speakers which consisted of Cheryl Martin, Partner at EY and Adrian Joseph, Partner at EY as well as Dr. David Leslie. The session was moderated by our founder, Barbara Schönhofer and all of the speakers shared with the audience their great knowledge of Data Ethics and its relationship with the insurance industry. The future of AI and data innovation are largely influenced by the insurance industry.

Dr David Leslie concluded his speech by suggesting four key values that he believes are crucial for organisations to implement in order to have a responsible data design. He quotes “…I would like to conclude here by suggesting four values that may be of use toward this end—values that will support, underwrite, and motivate a responsible data design and use ecosystem at your organizations: Respect, Connect, Care, and Protect.”

RESPECT: Respect the dignity of individual persons: 

  • ensure their abilities to make free and informed decisions about their own lives 
  • safeguard their autonomy, their power to express themselves, and their right to be heard 
  • secure their capacities to make informed and well-considered life choices 
  • support their abilities to fully develop themselves and to pursue their passions and talents according to their own freely determined life plans 

CONNECT: Connect with each other sincerely, openly, and inclusively: 

  • Safeguard the integrity of interpersonal dialogue and meaningful human connection 
  • Prioritise diversity, participation, and inclusion at all points in the design, development, and deployment processes of AI innovation. 
  • Encourage all voices to be heard and all opinions to be weighed seriously and sincerely throughout the production and use lifecycle 
  • Use the advancement and proliferation of AI technologies to strengthen not weaken the developmentally essential relationship between interacting human beings. 
  • Utilise AI innovations pro-sociallyso as to enable bonds of interpersonal solidarity to form and individuals to be socialised and recognised by each other 
  • Use AI technologies to foster this capacity to connect so as to reinforce the edifice of trust, empathy, reciprocal responsibility, and mutual understanding upon which all ethically well-founded social orders rest 

CARE: Care for the wellbeing of each and all: 

  • Design and deploy AI systems to foster and to cultivate the welfare of all stakeholders whose interests are affected by their use 
  • Do no harm with these technologies and minimise the risks of their misuse or abuse 
  • Prioritise the safety and the mental and physical integrity of people when scanning horizons of technological possibility, conceiving of, and deploying AI applications 

PROTECT: Protect the priorities of social values, justice, and the public interest: 

  • Treat all individuals equally and protect social equity 
  • Use digital technologies as an essential support for the protection of fair and equal treatment under the law 
  • Prioritise social welfare, public interest, and the consideration of the social and ethical impacts of innovation in determining the legitimacy and desirability of AI technologies 
  • Use AI to empower and to advance the interests and well-being of as many individuals as possible 
  • Think big-picture about the wider impacts of the AI technologies you are conceiving and developing. Think about the ramifications of their effects and externalities for others around the globe, for future generations, and for the biosphere as a whole 

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