Data Ethics + Society

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Data Ethics + Society

Information technology—computational science, software engineering, artificial intelligence, and so on—presents a large suite of interesting and difficult ethical, legal, and social challenges. IDSC, in conjunction with UM’s Ethics Programs and Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, has an opportunity to not only establish UM leadership in data science but also to demonstrate global leadership in identifying, addressing, and resolving these challenges.

Collaborations have fledged across-the-curriculum contributions to teaching and learning, including innovations in incorporating data ethics into UM’s Responsible Conduct of Research training. These relationships have stimulated research and scholarship in topics ranging from appropriate uses and users of intelligent machines, to privacy challenges raised by data collection and analysis, surveillance, and secondary use. UM has contributed to several national and international efforts to develop guidance on, and improve public understanding of, AI/Machine Learning systems.

Data Ethics and Society will be the first program of its kind to both magnify IDSC’s influence and signal UM’s commitment to integrate ethical, legal, and social issues into its most innovative scientific and pedagogic initiatives.

Kenneth W. Goodman, PhD, FACMI, FACE
Director, IDSC Data Ethics and Society

Ken Goodman is the Founder and Director of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy and Co-Director of the University’s Ethics Programs. The Institute has been designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Ethics and Global Health Policy, one of only ten in the world.

He is a Co-Founder of the North American Center for Ethics and Health Information Technology, a partnership with the Center for Bioethics at Indiana University.

Dr. Goodman is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami with appointments in the Department of Philosophy, Department of Health Informatics, Department of Public Health Sciences, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Nursing and Health Studies, and Department of Anesthesiology.

He is past Chair of the Ethics Committee of AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association), for which organization he co-founded the Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues Working Group. He has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (FACMI). He is also a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology (FACE), and past Chair of its Ethics Committee.

He directs the Florida Bioethics Network and chairs the UHealth/University of Miami Hospital Ethics Committee and the Adult Ethics Committee for Jackson Memorial Health System.

Dr. Goodman’s research has emphasized issues in health information technology and in epidemiology and public health. His latest book, Ethics, Medicine, and Information Technology: Intelligent Machines and the Transformation of Health Care (Cambridge University Press 2016) identifies and analyzes a number of issues in biomedical informatics. He has edited a book on the Terri Schiavo case for Oxford University Press, published a book about ethics and evidence-based medicine for Cambridge University Press, co-authored a book of case studies in ethics and health computing for Springer-Verlag, and co-authored another volume of case studies in ethics in public health for the American Public Health Association.

He has also co-authored a book on artificial intelligence, edited a book on ethics and medical computing, co-edited a volume on artificial intelligence, and published and presented numerous papers in bioethics, including end-of-life care, the philosophy of science, and computing. [PubMed]


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