Data science is an interdisciplinary field that extracts insights from data through a multi-sge process of data collection, analysis and use. When data science is applied for social good, ethical considerations arise at every stage. Our goal in this paper is to propose that care when applied to data science for social good can highlight and confront ethical concerns as well as suggest how “good” extends well beyond the domain of the project work to the modality of working. Consideration of care in practice has its origins in Science and Technology Studies (STS) and has recently been applied by HCI researchers to understanding technology repair and use in under-served environments. We bring care to the practice of data science by the detailed examination of our engaged research with a community group in Atlanta focused on affordable housing.
Ellen W. Zegura is the Fleming Chair and Professor in the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. She received the BS in computer science, the BS in electrical engineering, the MS in computer science and the DSc in computer science, all from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 1993 she has been on the faculty of the College of Computing at Georgia Tech where she conducts research and teaches in computer networking and computing for social good. In 2008, she helped create the Computing for Good initiative in the College of Computing, a project-based teaching and research activity that focuses on the use of computing to solve pressing societal problems. She runs a summer internship program called Civic Data Science and is the faculty co-director of the Center for Serve Learn Sustain, a campus-wide initiative to bring together community engagement and sustainability efforts. She is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the ACM, and an elected member of the Computing Research Association Board (CRA). Since Fall 2014 she has been on the Executive Board of the CRA.
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