Technology, Meet Policy, Ethics and Culture
Every day we’re introduced to better-performing technology. Beyond the achievements are the human factors: who benefits, who doesn’t, and why? Michigan Tech's Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC) asks the questions. The newly formed Institute brings school and community activist Marika Pfefferkorn to campus this week to get the techno-cultural conversation going. The first in its campus speaker series, Pfefferkorn’s guest lecture “Equipping Communities in the Algorithmic Age” is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 7) at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts.
Friday (Nov. 8), following the 7 p.m. performance of George Orwell’s dystopian classic "1984" by New York City’s Aquila Theater, Pfefferkorn joins Michigan Tech faculty for a panel discussion with the audience about the new technologies and analytics that govern society today.
“Marika is about community involvement. She’s interested in policy-making and outreach — that is her commitment,” said Institute Founding Director Jennifer Daryl Slack from Michigan Tech’s Humanities Department. “She wants to make her knowledge available to make a difference in our community.
”While IPEC’s speaker series is the most visible part of the Institute, it’s one among many components, as members focus on the need to address policy unique to the emerging technological environment along with ethical and cultural challenges, implications and strategies.“These matters are equally important for researchers, students, entrepreneurs, industries, institutions and local communities,” said Slack. “IPEC is designed to address and serve all of these.” Learn more about the Institute and its plans in “Technology, Meet Policy, Ethics and Culture,” on Michigan Tech News.