The aim of this workshop is to provide background information, examples and techniques to identify some of the issues relating to ethics in Artifical Intelligence/Machine Learning and Ethics.

Chiara Rustici
Professor Bernd Carsten Stahl
Dr Neil Gordon
Dr Blay Whitby
Dr Penny Duquenoy

Programme 10.00 – Coffee/tea 
10.20 – Introduction and background (Penny Duquenoy, Chair ICT Ethics SG)
10.40 –GDPR Codes of Conduct and the Law/Ethics Divide (Chiara Rustici) • Discriminating between legal and ethical judgements in the course of day-to-day activities 11.10 Q&A
11.20 –  Responsible Innovation - SHERPA project ( • Investigating the ethical and human rights implications of Smart Information Systems (SIS) (Prof. Bernd Stahl, De Montfort University)
12.00 – Group discussions on key points and implications for design and process
12.30 – Lunch
1.00 – Sustainability, Computing and Ethics (Dr. Neil Gordon, University of Hull)
1.30 – Group discussions on approaches to teaching and implications for computer science policy.
2.30 – Coffee break
2.45 – AI ethics and professionalism (Dr. Blay Whitby, University of Sussex)
3.15 – Group discussions - meeting principles of BCS Code of Conduct 
3.45 – Ethics frameworks: assessing frameworks;  usability/efficiency 
4.30 – Round-up of discussions, summary of outcomes [end of workshop]



ICT Ethics workshop programme (PDF)


Teaching across disciplines, in this case computer science and humanities, can be daunting. 
The aim of this workshop is to provide background information, examples and techniques to identify some of the issues relating to ethics in AI/ML. Presentations have been organised around themes, and time has been allocated to provide space for discussion on the topics and also to share ideas, approaches – and challenges – to teaching ethics and AI. Almost as important is the opportunity to meet with others and share experiences.  

Speakers: Chiara Rustici is an independent EU privacy and GDPR analyst and current Chair of BCS Law SG. Formerly an International Law tutor for the University of Edinburgh, a research fellow with Italy's CNR, teaching fellow in Jurisprudence at the University of Genoa, and a Philosophy of Law research scholar at the University of Milan, she has written extensively on how businesses should prepare for the GDPR. Her interviews on the impact of the GDPR on specific sectors have appeared in The Times, The Guardian, The Lancet, among others. She is a frequent keynote speaker on data regulation and an independent academic researcher affiliated with Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni (DIET), the telecommunication engineering department of "La Sapienza" University of Rome. 

Bernd Carsten Stahl is Professor of Critical Research in Technology and Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. His interests cover philosophical issues arising from the intersections of business, technology, and information. This includes ethical questions of current and emerging of ICTs, critical approaches to information systems and issues related to responsible research and innovation. He serves as Ethics Director of the EU Flagship Human Brain Project (, Coordinator of the EU project Shaping the ethical dimensions of information technologies (SHERPA)  and is Co-PI (with Marina Jirotka, Oxford) of the Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT (

Dr. Neil Gordon is a senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Hull. His research areas include the role of computing in society, considering how computer technologies can improve other areas, from formal approaches to improve the safety of medical systems, through to improvements in education through computer science approaches. He has been interested in the way that computing interrelates with the concept of Sustainable Development, as a way to offset the sometimes negative perception of computing damaging to the environment and to society.

Dr. Blay Whitby is a philosopher and technology ethicist specialising in computer science, artificial intelligence and robotics. He is a leading researcher in the field and the author of many books, chapters and papers on the subject including “On Computable Morality”, “Reflections on Artificial Intelligence: The Legal, Moral and Ethical Dimensions and “Artificial Intelligence, A Beginner’s Guide”. He has been a member of the BCS Ethics Forum/Group, advisor to the Royal Academy of Engineering, and contributor to EPSRC Principles of Robotics. He is based at the University of Sussex.
BCS ICT Ethics SG – Chair Penny Duquenoy is currently Chair of the SG, having previously served on BCS ethics expert panel/forum/group for many years. Previously Associate Professor of ICT Ethics and currently Visiting Researcher at Middlesex University, London, her research interest is on embedding ethics during project design and development. She has taken part in various co-funded research projects (EU and EPSRC) as participant and external independent expert. Penny is a long-standing member of IFIP (International Association of Information Professionals), past Chair of IFIP Special Interest Group 9.2.2 “Framework for Ethics”, BCS representative for TC9 (Computers and Society) and the IFIP representative on IP3 Standards and Accreditation Committee.


AI, Ethics and Professionalism - Blay Whitby (PDF)

Investigating the Ethical and Human Rights Implications of Smart Information Systems - Professor Bernd Carsten Stahl (PDF)

Sustainability, Computing and Ethics - Neil Gordon (PDF)


For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.



AI/Machine Learning and Ethics - ICT Ethics
Date and time
Wednesday 23 October, 10:00am - 5:00pm
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Ground Floor
25 Copthall Avenue
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