CITP Conference:
Ethics of Computer Science Research

A CITP Conference

Date: Friday, May 5, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. (half day conference)
Location: Frist Campus Center, Muti-Purpose Room B, Princeton University

Video – Panel 1: Ethics of Machine Learning Research
Video – Panel 2: Ethics of Security Research
Video – Panel 3: Fostering Ethical Research

Computer scientists face thorny ethical questions in the course of everyday research: Could my new face detector be misused for racial profiling? Is my web crawler accidentally scooping up sensitive information about people? Inadequate attention to ethics risks undermining public trust; conversely, uncertainty about ethical norms and rules has a chilling effect on science.

This conference will bring together computer scientists and ethics scholars to tackle these questions, acknowledging that traditional research ethics may not easily translate to the new setting. Individual panels will consider ethics in subdisciplines such as data science and computer security, with major themes cutting across panels including how to teach ethics, how to engage with the public and other stakeholders about ethics in research, and what the research community can do to ensure that researchers act ethically.

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Continental breakfast

9 a.m. – Welcome: Arvind Narayanan, professor of computer science, Princeton University and Melissa Lane, professor of politics & director, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Panel 1: Ethics of Machine Learning Research

    Moderator: Arvind Narayanan, Princeton University


  • Joanna Bryson, University of Bath
  • Barbara Englehardt, Princeton University
  • Matt Salganik, Princeton University

  • 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Break

    10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Panel 2: Ethics of Security Research

    Moderator: Elana Zeide, Princeton University


  • Nick Feamster, Princeton University
  • Prateek Mittal, Princeton University
  • Ben Zevenbergen, Princeton University

  • Lunch

    12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Panel 3: Fostering Ethical Research

    Moderator: Susan J. Brison, Princeton University


  • Chaitanya Baru, National Science Foundation
  • Mike Brennan, Ford Foundation
  • Ed Felten, Princeton University

  • Directions

    By Car

    Find driving directions, campus maps, and campus parking information on the Princeton University website.

    If you park on campus, you probably will want to park in Lot 21 and take a Princeton shuttle to the Frist Campus Center. Shuttles may be tracked online or through a mobile app with TigerTracker.

    There are also metered parking spots and parking garages on campus and nearby in downtown Princeton. The closest parking is along Prospect Ave., you may also reference this parking map.

    By Plane

    The closest major airports are Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) is also nearby but serves a limited number of routes, all flown by Frontier Airlines.

    Once you land, please follow the driving or train directions to reach Princeton.

    By Train

    The Princeton Junction is the closest major train stop and is on both the NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Line and the Amtrak Keystone Service and Northeast Regional. These lines all serve New York Penn Station and Newark Airport (if you are flying out of EWR, be sure to get a ticket to Newark Airport, not Newark Penn Station). They also connect to the SEPTA at Trenton Station, and you can take the SEPTA to Philadelphia or other parts of southeastern Pennsylvania.

    To reach the Princeton campus from Princeton Junction, you may take a 15-minute cab ride, take a Princeton TigerPAWW bus, or transfer to a small train (the “Dinky”). From TigerPAWW or the Dinky, you may either walk or take a Princeton shuttle to the Frist Campus Center.

    It takes about two hours to travel from Princeton to Philadephia, New York Penn Station, or Newark Airport. If you are traveling to Newark Airport, be sure to get a ticket to the airport stop, not to Newark Penn Station.

    Recommended Lodging

    Local hotels sometimes offer discounted rates for Princeton guests and visitors. If you do not have a car, you also may wish to confirm whether the hotel will have shuttle service to campus when you are staying. Additional information and hotels can be found on the Princeton travel site.

    Residence Inn Princeton at Carnegie Center
    3563 US Route 1
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    Phone: 609.799.0550

    Hyatt Place Princeton
    3565 US Route 1
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    Phone: 609.720.0200

    Please contact Jean Butcher at should you have any questions or require further information.