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Researching the moral, legal, & comparative aspects of

COMPUTING + CONSENT at Georgetown University

Seeded by the Georgetown University's Complex Moral Problems grant, the Digital Consent Project builds off of prior work by Meg Leta Jones and is a collaboration that brings together the Ethics Lab and CCT program. Through collaborations with the Ethics Lab designers and researchers and with the help of incredible student research assistants, the Digital Consent Project has produced research on a variety of topics in various disciplines and presented at numerous conferences.​ We have tackled AI and consent, moral relativism and online consent, the history of digital consent, consent and the future of intimacy, and there is more to come! Digital Consent Project work has been presented at law, philosophy, engineering, history, and social science conferences.  Dr. Jones is currently writing a book on cookies and the transatlantic history of digital consent. In it she develops the idea of computing characters, which are those individuals co-constructed between law and technology stakeholders. 

  • Jones, Meg Leta. "Surveillance Capitalism Online: Cookies, Notice & Choice, and Web Privacy." In Surveillance Capitalism in America: From Slavery to Social Media, forthcoming 2020.
  • “Troubleshooting AI and Consent.” In The Oxford Handbook of Ethics of AI, forthcoming 2020.
  • Jones, Meg Leta, and Jenny Lee. “Comparing Consent to Cookies: A Case for Protecting Non-Use.” Cornell International Law Journal, forthcoming 2020.
  • Jones, Meg Leta. “The Development of Consent to Computing.” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Special Issue on Governance 41, no.4 (2019): 34-47.
  • Edenberg, Elizabeth and Meg Leta Jones. “The Legal Roots and Moral Core of Digital Consent.” New Media & Society 21, no.8 (2019): 1804-1823.
  • Jones, Meg Leta. “Comparative Ethics of Computing Without Consent.” 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technology in Society (ISTAS) Proceedings.
  • Jones, Meg Leta, Ellen Kaufman, and Elizabeth Edenberg. “AI and the Ethics of Automating Consent.” IEEE Security & Privacy 16, no. 3 (2018): 64-72.
  • Jones, Meg Leta. “Your New Best Frenemy: Hello Barbie and Privacy Without Screens.” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 2 (2016): 242-246.
  • Jones, Meg Leta and Natalie Meurer. "Can (and Should) Hello Barbie Keep a Secret?," IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology (2016). 
Select Events and Presentations
  • Dr Jones served as a panelist at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School event on Redesigning Consent for Better Data Protection (Oct 2019)
  • Dr Jones presented her work on the European history of cookies at Decoding Europe: The 9th Tensions of Europe conference (June 2019)
  • Dr Jones presented her work on the commercial history of cookies at The Web that Was: Archives, Traces, Reflections (June 2019)
  • Dr Jones presented "Comparing Consent to Cookies" co-authored with Jenny Lee at Cornell International Law Journal Symposium on Law’s New Frontier ­­– Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Online Expression (Mar 14-15, 2019)
  • Dr Jones presented her work on the history of consent in data protection regimes at the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Annual Meeting (Oct 11-14, 2018)
  • Dr Jones presented her work on the ethics of data collection without consent at the Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (TPRC) Sept 21-23 (2018)
  • Elizabeth Edenberg presented "The Legal Roots and Moral Core of Digital Consent" at the Privacy Law Scholars Conference-Europe 2018 (Jan 27, 2018)
  • Elizabeth Edenberg and Ellen Kaufman present the paper "AI and the Ethics of Automating Consent" in at The Brussels Privacy Symposium
  • University of Michigan School of Law Symposium: International Perspectives on Privacy and Free Expression (Sept 22, 2017)
  • "Can (and Should) Hello Barbie Keep a Secret?" presented by co-author Natalie Meurer at IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology (IEEE 2016 Vancouver, May 14-16, 2016)
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