Law & Ethics

From the 4th Amendment to “Section 230,” interpretations of legal and ethical codes are as essential to understanding power in tech as are algorithms. This research field focuses on the mechanisms by and through which constitutions, laws, and regulations are leveraged by tech companies to shield themselves from oversight and by citizens to shield themselves from intrusion. Special attention is paid to the ethical principles that underlie ostensibly neutral legal and digital codes, as well as how these interact to reproduce or augment social, economic, and political hierarchies in society.


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