As 2019 approaches, we are in the mist of finalizing plans for our first full year of events and activities.
There are three developments we are especially excited to announce. First, beginning in January, CSET will be hosting a reading group focused on Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger’s Reengineering Humanity. The group will meet once monthly through the spring. The core group will meet in central Florida and will be guided by CSET’s director, Michael Sacasas. We are working on an online option for those who want to join the discussion virtually. Time and exact location will be announced soon.
We are also very pleased to announce two public lectures to be held in Pittsburgh. The spring lecture, tentatively scheduled for mid-to-late May, will be delivered by Evan Selinger, Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology and one of our most insightful writers on the ethical dimensions of digital technology. Along with Reengineering Humanity, Selinger has written extensively on the technology for outlets including The Atlantic, Slate, the Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor, and BBC Future.
Our fall lecture will be delivered by Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland, an Affiliate Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project, and a member of the Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society. Like Selinger, Pasquale is a highly-respected and widely-published scholar and among the wisest voices helping us make sense of the emerging challenges posed by digital technology. In 2015, he published The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information.
CSET is honored to host these two outstanding scholars and we hope you can make it to these lectures if you find yourself in Pittsburgh.
Along with the reading group and our two public lectures, we are working on a handful of additional events bringing people together to participate in a sustained conversation about technology and the moral life. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.
Additionally, our first newsletter will be out soon (you can subscribe here) and you can also expect regular postings on the blog.
We’re excited to be ramping up our efforts! Please feel free to let others know about CSET and our work.