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Constructing commercial data ethics

Taylor, Linnet and Dencik, Lina ORCID: 2020. Constructing commercial data ethics. Technology and Regulation 2020 , pp. 1-10. 10.26116/techreg.2020.001

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The ethics of big data and AI have become the object of much public debate. Technology firms around the world have set up ethics committees and review processes, which differ widely in their organisation and practice. In this paper we interrogate these processes and the rhetoric of firm-level data ethics. Using inter-views with industry, activists and scholars and observation of public discussions, we ask how firms conceptualise the purposes and functions of data ethics, and how this relates to core business priorities. We find considerable variation between firms in the way they use ethics. We compare strategies and rhetoric to understand how commercial data ethics is constructed, its political and strategic dimensions, and its relationship to data ethics more broadly.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
ISSN: 2666-139X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 14 April 2020
Date of Acceptance: 23 March 2020
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 02:29

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