Schedule of Events*

All conference sessions will take place at JP Morgan Chase, 383 Madison Avenue, New York City, New York

*Tentative and subject to change

Thursday, April 23, 2020

2 - 2:30 p.m. 

Opening of Conference 

Remarks from CMU senior leadership and K&L Gates leadership.

2:30 - 3:45 p.m. 

Data in the Public Sphere

Ethical use of data within the public sphere has rapidly emerged as a pressing concern. Data and algorithms are being used to identify potential criminals, allocate benefits to the public and reshape many aspects of our interaction with governments. At the same time, governments are increasingly focused on data ownership, governance and use, as reflected in the recent enactment of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). This session will focus on the ethical collection, use and regulation of data in the public sphere, with its manifold impacts on all aspects of our public lives.

4 - 5:30 p.m.

K&L Gates Distinguished Lecture in Ethics and Computational Technology and Fireside Chat

Keynote speaker: Paula Goldman, chief ethical and humane use officer (Salesforce)

The lecture will be followed by a reception in the conference lobby. 

Friday, April 24, 2020

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. 


8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Disinformation and Democracy

In the democracies of the world, one of the most cherished values is that the public determines its course by electing the people who make the laws that govern everyone. Recent events have shown, though, that disinformation, the internet and information technology can become weapons against democracy itself. This session will focus on a solutions-oriented discussion to respond to the ways in which disinformation presents a fundamental challenge to our democracy.

10 - 11:30 a.m. 

Financial Technologies

The financial system has been evolving in response to changing financial and information technology over the last several decades. Recent advances in areas such as big data, machine learning and distributed ledgers have the potential to accelerate the pace of change significantly. These technological advances could result in a stronger, more resilient financial system, but they could also make the system less stable because of algorithmic collusion, flash crashes and more. This session will focus on the implications of AI for ethical and responsible finance, as well as its impact on the future stability of markets.

11:30 a.m. - Noon

Lunch Break

Noon - 1:30 p.m. 

Professorship and Fellowship Spotlight Talks

Lightning Round talks by K&L Gates professors and fellows:
• Illah Nourbakhsh, K&L Gates Professor of Ethics and Computational Technologies
• Molly Wright Steenson, K&L Gates Associate Professor in Ethics and Computational Technologies

• Qinlan Shen
• Joseph Seering
• Ritesh Noothigattu
• Maggie Oates
• Sanghamitra Dutta
• Christina Boyce-Jacino

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Healthcare AI 

AI is poised to transform the practice of medicine as we know it. Currently, healthcare AI is a complementary technology, designed to enhance the performance of physicians, nurses, medical researchers and other healthcare professionals. However, the healthcare sector is clearly on the cusp of major disruption by incoming AI technologies that have the potential to transform or eliminate many functions currently reserved for people. This session will focus on the implications of widespread adoption of AI technology to healthcare, including patient-doctor trust, agency, confidentiality and the future of diagnostic AI.

*Tentative and subject to change