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DigiShift 74: Big Tech business models, human rights and ethics


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This month, we will be focused on Big Tech's approach to human rights and the ethical discussions that throws up for the third sector. We are privileged to be joined by Tanya O'Carroll and Ganna Pogrebna.

In today's digital age, technology giants exert unprecedented influence over our daily lives. They shape our online experiences, govern what content we see, and meticulously track our digital footsteps, collecting vast amounts of data that fuel their profits. While this surveillance-driven business model has undeniable financial success, its ethical implications resonate far beyond the realm of profit margins.

So, why should charity professionals pay close attention to the ethics of Big Tech? The answer lies in the increasingly symbiotic relationship between technology and non-profits. Charities now heavily rely on digital platforms for fundraising, raising awareness, and advocating for their causes. The data-driven landscape that Big Tech has cultivated directly impacts the work of third sector organisations, influencing everything from holding beneficiary data to donor engagement strategies.

This webinar offers a unique opportunity to delve into the complex ethical issues at the heart of the Big Tech landscape. We will explore the scope of their power, how they track and utilize personal data, and the tension between profit-driven motives and ethical responsibility, particularly concerning the amplification of online content.

This webinar aims to equip charity professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the human rights challenges posed by Big Tech. By actively participating, you'll gain valuable insights to help your charity make ethical choices in a data-driven era. This is particularly critical for senior teams and boards.

Tanya O'Carroll is an independent expert on technology & human rights. She formerly co-founded and led Amnesty Tech and more recently she co-led People Vs Big Tech, a coordinated effort from more than 100 civil society organizations in Europe to campaign for and secure the strongest possible Digital Services Act (DSA) - Europe's new watershed rules governing the big tech platforms.

Ganna Pogrebna is the Lead for Behavioural Data Science at The Alan Turing Institute. Blending behavioral science, AI, computer science, data analytics, engineering, and business model innovation - Ganna's work helps cities, businesses, charities, and individuals better understand why they make the decisions they make.

Who is the event aimed at?

This talk is for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of some of the ethical and human rights issues that come up when working with Big Tech. The session will include an interactive Q&A session where you can put questions to our expert speakers.

10:00-11:00, 21 November 2023
John Fitzgerald
Attendance type
Online only
SCVO Zoom Meeting
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