Fairness and Bias

Do artifacts have politics? This question has been the subject of decades of discussion in the social sciences and remains pertinent today.

Do artifacts have politics? This question, itself the title of Langdon Winner’s theory of technological politics (Winner, 1980), has generated decades of discussion and remains pertinent today. In his influential essay, Winner proposes the theory that technology, as a material artifact, can embody political ideas (Winner, 1980). …


Data ethics has become something of a buzzword: as the importance of AI in areas like government, healthcare and finance grows, so do concerns about what, how and why data is used. But data ethics is not a new topic of concern; it has existed for far longer than the…


Many people in the Digital Identity space are talking about the UK’s Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework, and rightly so; as the market grows and fragments, the framework marks an important step in the UK Government’s commitment to shaping how digital identities are developed in the UK.

So, what is the framework?

The UK…


Netflix’s The Social Dilemma builds on a conversation that’s growing globally: what are we trading when we use technology for free, and what can we do about it? With a viewership of 38 million, the documentary reached an impressive audience. But despite its scale, it failed to address some important topics…

I work as a consultant in Digital Ethics, so having an opinion on Netflix’s The Social Dilemma feels like part of the job description. To be honest, my judgement was a little clouded before I started watching — I’d already heard criticisms of the show over-dramatising aspects of technology development…


As UX Designers, it’s easy to blame technical complexity on developers. Designers work with coders, but code isn’t our job — our job is to provide users with a seamless experience, helping them to achieve their goals efficiently. We forget to ask: is efficiency good for us? Is it moral…


Issues with the A-Level results algorithm have already been detailed across traditional and social media. But what does this mean for the technology sector? And what can we learn from the response?

On the 13th August, A-Level students received their 2020 results. This year would be like no other. In…

Sophie Taylor

Sophie is a Senior Digital Ethics and Innovation Consultant at Sopra Steria.

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