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As part of BCS’s mission of making IT good for society, a new “Truth & Trust” campaign has been launched with the spotlight on data ethics.

Data science is an evolving field of IT offering huge opportunities in every sector. Mapping out ethical guidelines and best practice in this predominantly unchartered landscape is a highly sensitive and intricate task.

Topics discussed will include:

  • The contemporary ethical issues in AI and Data Science
  • How BCS is working in partnership with the government’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to drive the ethical maturity of the AI profession
  • How BCS is providing Universities with best practice guidance for their AI and data science MSc graduates
  • The role of ethical frameworks such as BCS’s Code of Conduct in providing direction for organisations and professionals
  • How you can be confident that data-gathering is always unbiased and that sensitive data is always protected

This event is a good opportunity to discuss the contributions that BCS members can make to the ongoing debate as well as hearing first hand about the partnerships that BCS is leveraging to stay at the forefront of this debate.

This is a joint event between the BCS London Central Branch and BCS ICT Ethics Specialist Group.



Dr Penny Duquenoy – Chair, BCS ICT Ethics SG


Dr Bill Mitchell – Director of Policy, BCS

Dr Blay Whitby - Lecturer in Ethics at Sussex University, Imperial College & Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Prof Bernd Stahl - Director of the Centre for Computing & Social Responsibility - De Montfort University


Speaker Biographies

Dr Penny Duquenoy
Penny Duquenoy (MBCS) is currently Chair of BCS ICT Ethics SG. Previously Associate Professor, now Visiting Researcher, at Middlesex University, London, working on embedding and addressing ethical and social impacts of ICT during project design and development in various co-funded research projects (EU and EPSRC). 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.

Dr Bill Mitchell
Bill Mitchell is Director of Policy at BCS. He was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours for services to Computing and Artificial Intelligence Education. Bill has been responsible for shaping the BCS policy agenda, working with government departments, academia, industry and BCS members. Bill and his team have affected policy change in areas such as digital literacy, artificial intelligence, ethics and diversity. His research has been published in a variety of internationally peer-reviewed journals and conferences ranging from the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE) to the Journal of Symbolic Logic (JSL).

Dr Blay Whitby
Blay Whitby is a philosopher and technology ethicist, specialising in computer science, artificial intelligence and robotics. He is based at the University of Sussex. He graduated with first class honours from New College, Oxford University in 1974 and completed his PhD on "The Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence" at Middlesex University in 2003. His publications are predominantly in the area of the philosophy and ethical implications of artificial intelligence. His views place particular stress on the moral responsibilities of scientific and technical professionals.


Prof Bernd Carsten Stahl
Bernd Stahl is Professor of Critical Research in Technology and Director 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 the ethics of ICT and critical approaches to information systems.



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There will be drinks and a buffet after the talk to facilitate networking. All are welcome - attend with your colleagues and associates after registering on Eventbrite.

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


THIS EVENT IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: BCS London Central branch - https://www.bcs.org/membership/member-communities/london-central-branch and the London North branch - https://nlondon.bcs.org/home.htm

How BCS is leading the way in Ethical AI and Data Science - London Central Branch
Date and time
Tuesday 10 March, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Ground Floor
25 Copthall Avenue
This event is sold out