Brain power

Data ethics – making it real

Data is now seen as a key resource, and artificial intelligence applications are being used more and more by businesses and governments for decision-making, optimization and automation. It is becoming increasingly clear that if these activities are badly managed, people can suffer harm as a result of bad decisions, thoughtless design, and embedded prejudices.

A recent Information Innovation @ UTS seminar explored the practicalities of:

  • Understanding the broader impact and risks of data design decisions
  • Engaging the right stakeholder groups to ensure these risks are mitigated
  • Making trade-offs in the design process.

Videos from the webinar are now available.


Passiona Cottee

Passiona Cottee collaborates on projects at the nexus of data, automation, privacy and ethics across both public and private sectors. She currently works as data scientist at the CBA and a sessional lecturer in privacy law at UTS. Passiona fuses Bachelor, Graduate and Masters qualifications in law and data science to enable the ethical use of machine learning.


Dr Matt Beard

Dr Matt Beard is a husband, dad, pop culture nerd and moral philosopher with an academic background in applied and military ethics. He is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Matt is also a Fellow at The Ethics Centre, undertaking research into ethical principles for technology.


Elija Perrier

Elija Perrier is a PhD candidate in quantum machine learning & AI at UTS. He is also a professional support lawyer at Hall & Wilcox.


Tiberio Caetano

Tiberio Caetano is Chief Scientist at the Gradient Institute. He has spent the last 20 years working on machine learning in numerous roles as a student, researcher, academic, entrepreneur and practitioner. He spent 10 years at NICTA and in 2012 he co-founded Ambiata, a data science NICTA spin-off focusing on applying rigorous scientific methodologies for personalised decision-making using machine learning, causal inference and randomised controlled trials.


Panel session


Matt Moore

I bring people together in new ways to create new ideas, new products and new experiences. I love enabling smart people to achieve their potential. My experience includes leading a team of 5 technology solution designers in a series of projects covering the whole enterprise stack (infrastructure, data, applications, business processes); sales, pre-sales consulting marketing and post-sales training and support for an Australian SAAS company; digital transformation project management (migration to Adobe EM and content redesign) for a global professional services brand; CRM management and sales operations for a global professional services brand; knowledge and information management strategy and execution across multiple industries; and learning development and delivery for a global technology company.

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