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Computer Science: Algorithms, Ethics & Legislation With Dr Robert Blair From University of East Anglia

February 27 @ 13:00 - 13:45

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In this Computer Science session, Dr Robert Blair, Lecturer in Computing Sciences in the School of Computing Sciences at University of East Anglia, will run an interactive talk for students on Algorithms, Ethics & Legislation.

In society today ‘smart’ devices have become ubiquitous yet unlike the introduction of handheld calculators in the mid 1970’s there appears to have been little concern over widespread adoption of relatively ‘new’ and transformative algorithm based technologies.

Noting the apparent willingness with which new and transformative technologies are being embraced this session we will look at:

  • the evolution of algorithms, computing, machine learning and AI
  • the confluence of factors leading to the current state of smart technologies
  • ethical challenges which have arisen
  • how legislation has developed to address these ethical challenges
  • how computer scientists can mitigate for some of these ethical and legal challenges

By considering these aspects of the implementation of algorithms in today’s society this session aims to raise awareness and understanding of potential issues in the use of smart technologies and some of the steps being taken to mitigate for these issues.


Lecturer Profile: Dr Robert Blair


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Computer Science and related disciplines. Student groups as well as students and teachers joining individually are very welcome.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic in advance and questions they have. Students can also think about questions about studying at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Zoom and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:


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February 27
13:00 - 13:45
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