Society Article Archive

  • Isa Ali Ibrahim FBCS, Director-General/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), reports on the ethical challenges Nigeria faces as it embraces the digital age.
  • Any practitioner of education, in all its forms, has a responsibility to behave in a professional manner. Indeed, who would not claim that they act professionally and are, therefore, a professional?
  • Matthew Gillman MBCS, a statistical programmer at King’s College London and member of the BCS ICT Ethics Specialist Group, reminds us that not everyone has access to computers or the internet.
  • Alexis Kirke, Senior Research Fellow in Computer Music at the University of Plymouth, discusses the general lack of understanding about quantum computers, and an artistic way of introducing more people to it.
  • What do cybersecurity, compliance, and plain old curiosity have in common? They are all forces driving ongoing confusion in the field of ethics in IT. Bill Evans from One Identity puts aside the question of what IT experts can do, and asks: What should they do?
  • Harold Thimbleby, See Change Digital Health Fellow at Swansea University, takes a look at computer error in the health sector, and considers the challenges faced in ensuring a change for the better.
  • The Small-Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM) can lay claim to being the world’s first computer. Martin Cooper MBCS caught up with Chris Burton to find out more about the original machine, how he helped to recreate it, and to learn what the future holds for the SSEM.
  • Charlotte Walker-Osborn, Partner and Head of Technology Sector (Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP) and Callum Hayes, a regional lawyer on secondment from ARM Limited, give us an insight into some of the key ethical issues surrounding AI technologies.
  • Justin Richards MBCS talks to Ben Trewhella, the CEO of Opposable Group and co-founder of Bristol Games Hub, about his latest project, the Bristol VR Lab, based in the heart of the South West of England.
  • Alex Bardell, Richard Lanyon-Hogg, Denise Oram and Bob Crooks from the BCS Green IT Specialist Group explain how technology can make our lives better, but only if we make IT that’s kinder to the planet.