Past Meetup

What is data ethics and why is it important? A panel discussion.

This Meetup is past

40 people went


350 N LaSalle Dr #600 · Chicago, il

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6th floor, please bring ID for security check.

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Perhaps you're an analyst and need to work on investigating a question, but to investigate you need to collect data. What data should you use and why? Do we use data that's online "because, it's already online"? Some data scientists would ask we don't, even going so far as to advocate for a Data Oath (

Join PyLadies Chicago as we sit and talk with data practitioners from varying spaces - data science, data engineering and data driven journalism - to discuss the role of ethics in data and data science. We'll discuss how these practitioners use data in their disciplines and the challenges they face. Additionally we'll discuss what we as technologists and users of technology can do to confront these challenges head on. Light food and beverage will be provided by our host ShopRunner.

Panelists include:

Sunah Suh is a Senior Data Engineer at Mozilla, working on the data platform for Firefox Telemetry. Previous to Mozilla, she led engineering at a startup called Floship, slung code at Etsy and pursued critical information studies as a PhD student at the iSchool at Illinois.

Ali Vanderveld is currently Lead Data Scientist at ShopRunner. Previously she has worked at Civis Analytics, the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship, and as an academic astrophysicist.

Lauren Haynes is Associate Director at the Center for Data Science and Public Policy at University of Chicago. Prior to DSaPP, she was Product Manager at Give Forward, Interim CIO at the Ounce of Prevention Fund, and technology consultant at Accenture's Technology Labs.

Joe Germuska, is the Executive Director at Northwestern University Knight Lab, although he prefers the title "Chief Nerd." He is also the project lead on Census Reporter, a Knight News Challenge project to make U.S. Census data easy for journalists to use. For fun, every Tuesday Joe gets up well before dawn to host "Conference of the Birds," an eclectic music radio program on WNUR-FM.

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