Ethics in Data Collection

As data collection and data analysis have become entrenched in our daily lives, the conversations surrounding the ethical treatment and usage of data are becoming increasingly important.  Almost every interaction you have—talking with a friend on social media, information you give to your doctor, or a purchase you make online—can be translated into and analyzed as a piece of data.  The debates surrounding ethics, in any field, are never just a philosophical discourse: ethical debates in academia and private business often proceed changing legal tides.  With all of the rapid advancements taking place in the field of data science, how do we ensure that our laws and legal codes reflect the longstanding ethical standards that have been cornerstones of fields such as health and medicine? Last Monday, Women Who Code—an organization, with…


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