Welcome to the Center for Data, Ethics, and Society

Marquette’s Center for Data, Ethics, and Society works to address the social and ethical dimensions of our increasingly data-driven society.

Grounded in the university’s Jesuit mission of social justice, the Center is particularly focused on confronting the ethical consequences & controversies of our increasingly data-driven lives and spaces, including unfair algorithmic biases, the unequal impacts of computational decision-making, the privacy threats of ubiquitous surveillance systems, and corporate social responsibility and accountability. The center takes up these concerns through an applied and interdisciplinary approach to research, pedagogy, and engagement with both impacted communities and relevant industries. The center is directed by Dr. Michael Zimmer.

Join Us: International Privacy Day Research Symposium

2023 Privacy DayCelebrate International Privacy Day on January 30, 2023 with a research symposium focused on the privacy & security dimensions of smart homes and devices. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Jessica Vitak (University of Maryland). Register here.

 

Recent News and Activities

Rome Call for AI Ethics

Zimmer at Global University Summit for Rome Call for AI Ethics

The Center for Data, Ethics, and Society recently participated in the Global University Summit for the Rome Call for AI Ethics, held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. The summit was co-organized by the Pontifical Academy for Life, IBM, and Notre Dame and is hosted by the Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab.


Data Collection for Internet Researchers under Data Protection Regimes

Data Collection for Internet Researchers under Data Protection Regimes

We recently were at Meta's office in Dublin, Ireland to host a discussion with internet researchers, platforms, and regulators on Data Collection for Internet Researchers under Data Protection Regimes.

The Center for Data, Ethics, and Society was profiled in the 2022 magazine for the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. 

Dr. Michael Zimmer recently discussed security and extremism on social media and other Center activities on Wisconsin Public Radio.

On October 6, 2022, the Center for Data, Ethics, and Society and the Center for Cyber Security Awareness and Cyber Defense presented a Symposium on Ethical Hacking as part of our October Cybersecurity Awareness Month activities. 

The Center for Data, Ethics, and Society was among the sponsors supported a visit to Marquette by Professor Ganesh Sitaraman, New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law at Vanderbilt University. Prof Sitaraman participated in a Civic Dialogues event with Dr. Michael Zimmer on "Is Big Tech Too Powerful?"

Dr. Zimmer recently spoke on “Artificial Intelligence and the Consumer Marketplace” at the Presidential Summit of the National Association of Attorneys General.

Student Spotlight

Thomas Johnson presenting at ASC

  • Thomas Johnson, a recent graduate of Marquette's Criminal Justice Data Analytics Program, presented at the annual conference of the American Society of Criminology. Read his reflection on the experience here.