131. Contrasting ethics governance projects in science and technology

Katie Shilton, University of Maryland, College Park; Megan Finn, University of Washington;

As scientists and technologists grapple with ethics and justice issues in their work, they sometimes come together to steer research communities towards their definitions of right action by creating what we have called ethics governance projects. Ethics governance projects attempt to define, codify, adjudicate, and enact what constitutes ethical or just work. We invite papers that explore or compare historical or contemporary cases of ethics governance in science and technology from around the world and ask questions such as: * How should we characterize and evaluate historical, current, and emergent ethics governance projects within science, technology, or our own research areas? * How do ethics governance projects disrupt or reify power structures such as colonialism or patriarchy? * How are 'everyday ethics' incorporated into ethics governance projects? * How do actors organize themselves as ethical or to enact being ethical? * How does governance or sanctioning happen in ethics projects? * What are the economics and economic effects of ethics governance projects? * How do participants, outside advocates, activists, or practitioners assess the success of ethics governance projects? * What is the role of government regulation? * How should we understand ethics self-governance? * And how are ethics governance projects generative of new forms of knowledge? As we as a professional society grapple with knowledge and technologies' role in oppression and marginalization as we gather in Hawaii, we this panel will reflect on, critique, and learn from the embedded ethics and reflexivity work happening in science and technology fields.

Contact: kshilton@umd.edu, megfinn@uw.edu

Keywords: Controversies, Social Movements and STS, Governance and Public Policy

Published: 04/07/2023