Can ethical IT workers restore public trust in AI?


On the panel:

  • Prof Bernd Stahl FBCS Professor of Critical Research in Technology, University of Nottingham
  • Gillian Arnold FBCS Immediate BCS Past President, and MD of the recruitment and diversity training firm Tectre.
  • Georgina Halford-Hall, Chief Executive of WhistleblowersUK
  • Adem Certel, Data Engineering Lead at Knight Frank Property
  • Dr Neil Gordon, Computer Science Lecturer, University of Hull


12:00pm - Event starts
1:00pm - Event ends


The rapid development and growing demand for Artificial Intelligence and other high stakes technologies brings new and serious challenges around their ethical use. Join us to discuss this, and what can be done to restore trust, with the authors of new BCS report: Living with AI and emerging technologies: meeting ethical challenges through professional standards and the CEO of WhistleblowersUK at midday on Wednesday 27th March.

The BCS report concluded that for the UK to play a leading role in setting high standards in the use of AI, the following needs to happen:

Every technologist working in a high-stakes IT role, in particular AI, should be a registered professional meeting independent standards of ethical practice, accountability, and competence.

Government, industry, and professional bodies should support and develop these standards together to build public trust and the expectation of good practice.

UK organisations should publish policies on ethical use of AI – and those policies should also apply to non-technical leaders, including CEOs.

Technology professionals should expect supported routes for whistleblowing and escalation when they feel they are being asked to act unethically or, for example, to deploy AI in a way that harms colleagues, customers, or society.

The UK government should aim to take a lead in and support UK organisations to set world-leading ethical standards.

Professional bodies, such as the BCS, should support this work by seeking and publishing regular research on the challenges their members face, and by advocating for the support and guidance they need and expect.

We’d love to hear your views so do join us!

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Wednesday 27 March, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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