Where Next for Ethical Tech?

In recent years an ethics movement has erupted within the tech sector—but it too faces a difficult future.

Join Kin + Carta and AIGA Chicago for a talk on ethics in tech with Cennydd Bowles, Designer at NowNext and Author of Future Ethics, where he’ll explore the current state of the ethics movement in tech and where it might go next.

We’ll talk through

  • The gaps in User-Centered Design (UCD) and responses with how to address these gaps.
  • The Design Justice Movement and its place as part of the third wave of ethical tech.
  • How radical inclusion is about designing with, not just for people
  • How team diversity is an important part of building team resilience and prevention against bad ethical decisions
  • What a responsible design process includes that allows space for anticipation of harms and ethical evaluation.

Please note: You will receive a Zoom link in your confirmation email!


Code of Conduct

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Cennydd Bowles, Managing Director for NowNext

Cennydd Bowles is a designer and futurist with nearly two decades of experience advising companies including Twitter, Samsung, Accenture, and the BBC. He is the author of Future Ethics—a ”must-read for anyone who is inventing the future“—and now runs responsible design and futures studio NowNext.

Cennydd has lectured on ethical innovation at Facebook, Stanford University, and Google. He is a frequent keynote speaker at technology and design events worldwide, and a regular commentator on ethical design and technology, quoted by The Guardian, Sky News, The Wall Street Journal, and WIRED.

Cennydd has been an invited futurist for the UN, a contributor to the BSI’s Responsible Innovation steering group, and a reviewer for MIT Press. He holds a Masters in IT from the University of Nottingham, studied Innovation & Future Thinking at IED Barcelona, and is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists.


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11:00–11:05 AM CST: Attendees arrive

11:05–11:07 AM CST: Introductions

11:07–11:45 AM CST: Presentation

11:45–12:00 PM CST: Q&A


Special Accommodations

If you need special accommodations for this event please contact presto@chicago.aiga.org


Special thanks to Leslie Presto, Charlie Neddo, and the rest of the UX Culture Committee for planning this event, to Leslie Presto for the graphic, and to Kin+Carta for sponsoring and hosting this event.

When & Where
Wed, Apr 7, 2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT