August 19 - 23, 2024

Forward Fest 2021

Social Responsibility in IoT: The Ethics of Programming for Connected Products

Let's investigate the moral codes that drive socially responsible development.
  • Hosted by Earthling Interactive
  • In-Person: Lodgic Everyday Community: 2801 Marshall Court, Madison, WI
  • Free


Thursday, Aug. 12th, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM


As connected products play a bigger role in our lives at home, work, and the institutions that support society we are confronted with intended and unintended consequences of inviting the internet into our lived experience. In this panel we explore the role and responsibility of programmers and product developers to build products that aren't just "not evil" but actually do good. Our job in this conversation will be to examine the formal and informal frameworks that underpin ethical decisions in programming for IoT, with the intention to illuminate the way we can be better digital leaders.


Jamie Role is the Director of Application Development at Earthling Interactive, a digital development agency in Madison, WI. Jamie’s passion for building applications that make people’s lives easier led her to a career as a custom app programmer. She has been in the field for 15 years and has led developer teams for applications in various industries including financial, manufacturing, agriculture, and education. Jamie’s love of tech and coding are a reflection of her childhood growing up in a home where gaming and tinkering with computers was a family pastime.

Sarah Sargent is an attorney in the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice Group of Godfrey & Kahn. Her practice focuses on assisting clients in implementing innovative technology and finding practical business solutions for privacy compliance. She also advises clients on software licensing, vendor management, data breach prevention, GDPR, CCPA, SaaS and software development contracting, and more. She holds the CIPP/US and CIPP/E certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, allowing her to draw from both domestic and international best practices when it comes to questions of data privacy.

Karola Kreitmair received her PhD in philosophy from Stanford University in 2013. She completed a clinical ethics fellowship at the Stanford Center of Biomedical Ethics before joining the faculty at UW-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics. Karola is working on the ethics of digital behavioral technology, with a particular focus on the phenomenological, epistemological, and existential implications of self-tracking technology. In addition, she is considering problems regarding the ethical duties generated by consciousness, such as in minimally conscious state patients and cerebral organoids. Outside of academia, Karola writes and directs plays. Her recent play, “Homo ex Machina” explores existential questions brought on by deep-brain stimulation.


Erin Courtenay, VP Digital Services at Earthling Interactive

  • Conference
  • Tech / Software


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