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Technological responses to COVID-19: the need for responsible innovation

The COVID-19 pandemic occurs at a time when there is also a massive availability of ICT tools and technologies. As a result, all over the world, programmers, engineers, computer scientists and data sp...

Academic Rebellion OR: why we needed a carbon-neutral conference, and how we did it

Evidence of the climate emergency is all around us. It was therefore one of the earliest considerations in our 2019 Women in AI & Ethics conference that we wanted to create a carbon-neutral event....

ORBIT delivered its first Ethical Hackathon at Royal Holloway

The ORBIT team has successfully delivered its first Ethical Hackathon on 05/06/19 and 06/06/19. The event was held for PhD students in Cyber Security at Royal Holloway. An Ethical Hackathon is a two-d...

Elsevier’s AI report released today. ORBIT among the contributors

A few months ago, ORBIT was approached by Elsevier with regards to contributing to their report on AI. In particular the data analytics company valued the expertise of the ORBIT team members on the di...

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics launches landmark enquiry into data and technology ethics

Data’s role in our lives has increased but regulators are struggling to keep up with the pace of change. It’s clear that the UK, like many other countries, is facing a data and technology governance g...

Building low-cost lab equipment in Zimbabwe

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Africa is often held back by shortages of laboratory equipment in teaching institutions. Even very basic pieces of equipment can be...

Highlights of one of ORBIT’s Foundations workshops

In the past months, a new paper by Wolovick & Moore was published which focused on mitigating sea level rise. The work done by the authors is in the field of geoengineering, which consists in the ...

ORBIT contributes to moving the global technological agenda towards social good at the Web Summit

With more than 70,000 attendees over a four-day period, the Web Summit in Lisbon brought together politicians, technologists, and NGOs to think together, exchange views and set priorities. With more t...