To think about ethics and power is to think about what constitutes the majority of political, economic, cultural, and macro-social relationships in society. So to ask about this in the context of developments and implementations of new technologies in daily life, is to question who is favored, in what way, and why.
We believe that new technologies can shift power and ethics into a diverse discussion, hence the creation of our Rethinking Power and Ethics Space at MozFest 2022. As Wranglers of this Space, our hope is that many voices can contribute their point of view. We also hope that in a certain way, the Space can help balance the proposals and interventions in the daily life of these technologies from artists, theoretical proposals, and workshops, among others such as those explained in our previous post.
It took us many weeks of discussion to get to this point because in principle, talking about ethics represents a problem and generates a lot of debate due to the individual, contextual and cultural dimensions that the concept carries with it. We see an example of this in the way privacy is understood by Europe with respect to the United States and/or China. It is the same concept but with different applications in each of these places, but why is this happening? That was our question and the reason that led us to the second part of the name of our Space, the power.
Following this order of ideas that power and ethics must be rethought in terms of design, development, distribution, and detection of harms, as well as the benefits of new technologies, we set out to create this Space.
In principle, as a team, we planned to make it clear that this would not be a Space in which a single vision of what power and ethics would be present, but if all of these represented a critical and proactive approach to how the relationship takes place. Of these concepts, what interests us most is how these proposals can be applied to life in a practical way. They offer new and diverse narratives about new technologies and how they not only represent a group of society but also represent diversity, in order to guarantee that its benefits are greater, especially for people belonging to minority populations.
Hence, in our wrangling process, diversity of gender, origin, ethnicity, and culture will play an important role and will be reflected in this Space. We hope this will enliven those attending the workshops, artistic exhibitions, discussions, and light talks and generate questions about how we can think about power and ethics more than we currently do, and respect the rights and worldviews of all.