ACEMS Virtual Public Lecture - The lives and deaths of ethical AI


Wednesday 11 November, 12pm-1pm AEDT


The lecture will be delivered via zoom webinar. Register to receive the link.



Ellen Broad

Over the last decade, ideas of “ethical” AI have transitioned from research papers, community projects and side panels to dedicated organisations, funding streams and keynote slots. We’ve moved from ethical principles, to proposed technical interventions, to re-framing of ethical issues as issues of justice, structural oppression and systemic failure. There’s been ethics washing, ethics bashing and ethics selling. Has ethical AI run its course, or courses? And if ethical AI is dead, what comes afterwards?

This lecture explores recent evolutions and transitions in ethical AI, its influences and failures, and looks to what might come next, against the backdrop of a year of profound social, economic and environmental upheaval for us all.  

About the speaker

Ellen Broad is a writer, researcher, and Senior Fellow with the 3A Institute, founded by Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell within the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Australian National University. Ellen has spent more than a decade working in the technology sector in Australia, the UK, and Europe, in leadership roles spanning policy, standards, and engineering for organisations including CSIRO’s Data61, the Open Data Institute in the UK, and as an adviser to UK Cabinet Minister Elizabeth Truss. Ellen is a member of the Australian government's Data Advisory Council.

She is a frequent keynote speaker and writer on AI and governance issues and has written for publications including The Guardian, New Scientist, and Griffith Review. She is the author of Made by Humans: the AI Condition (Melbourne University Publishing, 2018), included in Best Australian Science Writing 2019 and runner up ACT Book of the Year 2019.

Ellen is also co-designer, alongside Jeni Tennison, Vice President Open Data Institute, of the open data board game - Datopolis, that is being played in 19 countries.