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The Use of “Redmap” in the Creation of Congressional Districts

Lindsey Braxton, Joshua Kutac, and Tanner Paul 

“Redmap” is a piece of mapping software created by the Republican State Leadership Committee in 2010. Republican lawmakers have since used the software in multiple redistricting efforts.  The software uses large amounts of data in order to pinpoint very granular areas in a state that is being redistricted to favor Republicans. It utilizes a method of gerrymandering to redistrict areas in order to favor candidates that otherwise would not have been chosen by voters. This project examines how Redmap has been used in the past, how this differs from more traditional gerrymandering efforts, possible legislative responses, and the ethical implications these responses.

 

An Ethical Analysis of Responsibility for Autonomous Vehicles

Carson Cutright, Riley Head, Radhika Jagani, and Suvrat Jhamb 

The presence of autonomous driving technology is rapidly increasing and has brought much debate on its implications. More specifically, a dilemma falls around determining responsibility in a collision if the driver has given control to an automated system. Our poster analyzes the impacts of self-driving vehicles on different stakeholders in different situations. We ultimately arrive at the conclusion that the liability of autonomous vehicles should fall in line with the same rules of liability as regular vehicles.

 

Social, Moral, and Legal Implications of Genetic Databases in regards to Global Public Health

Janavie Gandhi, Ami Patel, Catherine Young, and Katherine Wilder  

DNA databases, or cohesive collections of DNA profiles, of individuals who have opted in to gather more information about their personal genetic history have been susceptible to risk of privacy disclosure of large corporations who own the DNA database data of these individuals. In addition, the ethical implications of the certain actions companies can take in turn for profit with this data rises as a moral issue in how it affects the lives of those who the data came from.

 

The Datafication of Children: Digital Footprints Before Their First Steps

Duncan Hemminger, Shawn Logan, and Libby Soucaze

In today’s digital age, nearly everyone has subjected himself or herself to datafication. From Facebook and Instagram to Twitter and Snapchat, to instant messaging and emails, people everywhere all the time are adding themselves to the seemingly limitless cloud of computerized data. What, then, are the implications and consequences of adults on such social media sites posting pictures of their children, some of who are not yet even born, subsequently datafying an entire generation that has yet to take their first steps?

 

Healthcare Devices and Our Privacy

Alexis Gaviola, Ally Fiets, and Aylish Wastchak 

Patient data is collected and shared over a network of medical devices. This network is vulnerable to security breaches, because of the system itself and improper access of it. The unsecure network of medical devices puts patients, medical professionals, and healthcare companies at risk for privacy violations. Training staff, new forms of security, and pinpointing security breaches are all potential actions to reduce the security risk and ensure security of patient information. It is important to recognize that sharing data, if authorized by the patient, can be valuable to medical research and should remain an option.  The main ethical concern with this topic is the question of how companies are using data from healthcare devices and whether or not it is being misused. This research examines how data is being used, how it is being protected and how to minimize risk of data sharing while maximizing its benefits to patients.

 

Ethical Implications of the Business Model of the Social Media Giants

Jennifer Dominguez-Ayona, Kent Kiatthanapaiboon, and Gene Sosankin

As technology advances, more and more people are being drawn to social media. Social media has become integrated into the lives of millions, with the impacts being both negative and positive. A 2018 Pew Research Center survey states that 97% of teens age 13-17 use some form of social media and 45% of teens say they use these sites almost constantly. Keeping this in mind, do social media companies have an obligation to create more ethical platform designs and follow ethical guidelines?