Beyond Warm & Fuzzy: Ethics as a Value Prop

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 3:30pm4:00pm

Erin Kenneally, Program Manager, Trust & Innovation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cyber Security Division


Industry is grappling, arguably unsuccessfully, with core sociotechnical tensions between individual and collective rights and interests in privacy, security, innovation, and autonomy. This is manifest in issues associated with smart-X (homes, health wearables, vehicles), predictive services, and precision measurements, for example.  Because these issues force new applications and interpretations of our traditional social mooring—law, economics and security—we need to rely on ethics as a common ordering force to address the challenges facing industry in achieving customer privacy and autonomy, business innovation and profit, and public and private cyber security. While the concept of corporate social responsibility is not new, the notion of collective industry ethics is shallow at best. This talk aims to advance the dialogue and collective action by discussing some of the core elements of ethics on which industry doesn't compete but without which it can individually fail.

Erin Kenneally, Program Manager, Trust & Innovation; U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Cyber Security Division

Erin Kenneally is a Program Manager in the Cyber Security Division for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) at the DHS Science & Technology Directorate. Her portfolio comprises trusted data sharing, privacy and Information Communication Technology (ICT) ethics, including managing the IMPACT (Information Marketplace for Policy and Analysis of Cyber-risk and Trust) Program. Prior to joining CSD, Kenneally was Founder and CEO of Elchemy, Inc., and served as Technology-Law Specialist at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) and the Center for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) and Center for Evidence-based Security Research (CESR) at the University of California, San Diego.

Erin is a licensed attorney specializing in information technology law, including privacy technology, data protection, trusted information sharing, technology policy, cybercrime, data ethics, and emergent IT legal risks. She holds Juris Doctorate and Masters of Forensic Sciences degrees, and is a graduate of Syracuse University and The George Washington University.

@conference {202510,
author = {Erin Kenneally},
title = {Beyond Warm \& Fuzzy: Ethics as a Value Prop},
year = {2017},
address = {Oakland, CA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = jan

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