On 30 March there will be a seminar on 'The Social Ethics of Coding'. It is part of the Horizon2020 research project Ethics of Coding: A Report on the Algorithmic Condition that runs from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017. Dr Iris van der Tuin (Liberal Arts and Sciences) is a member of the research project.
The research project starts from the premise that the computerization of society in the late 1970s has now reached a point where the global economy works through an algorithmic networked environment. This situation is addressed in this research as an algorithmic condition. Any form of ICT operates within this condition. The question is, what are the ethical codes and guidelines that guide research within this condition? The project Ethics of Coding suggest what an ethics for ICT related issues could be, and how that might be implemented in relation to actualized and possible ICT projects.
In addition, the research addresses the extent to which the coding of the social, ethical, and pedagogic is always already invested in the maintenance of power relations that control the economic conditions for knowledge (which regulate the global markets) with what Wendy Chun (2011) describes as a "code logos". Reading Jean-François Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition (1979) through Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition (1958), an interdisciplinary think tank will produce a report that reflects the expression of the human algorithmic condition.
The project is led by Prof. Felicity Colman (Kingston University London). Additional researchers in the project are Prof. Vera Bühlmann (TU Wien), Prof. Aislinn O’Donnell (Maynooth University) and Dr Iris van der Tuin (Utrecht University). The project is a spin-off of the COST Action New Materialism: Networking European Scholarship on ‘How Matter Comes to Matter’ (2014-18) chaired by Van der Tuin. As such, the project is part of the Faculty of Humanities, Institute for Cultural Inquiry, research group Media and Performance.
The team at Utrecht University is responsible for the work package on the social ethics of coding. Research assistants are Marien Baerveldt MA, Rumen Rachev MA, and Whitney Stark MA. Together, this team will host a seminar on ‘The Social Ethics of Coding’ on March 30, 2017. Speakers at the seminar are Prof. Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University), Dr Mirko Tobias Schäfer (Utrecht Data School, Utrecht University), Prof. Sandra Ponzanesi (Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Studies, Utrecht University) and Ine Gevers (artistic director of Niet Normaal Foundation).