Lunch with Vikram Bhargava, October 7, 2019, 12:45-2pm

On the Ethics of Making Technology Addictive

Join us on October 7, 2019 at 12:45 in Haldeman Room 125 for lunch and discussion with Vikram Bhargava, Assistant Professor of Management at SCU’s Leavey School of Business, will discuss the new ethical concerns raised by the common practice of companies purposefully designing their websites and apps to be addictive.

While many ethical issues surround the practices of Internet and social media businesses (e.g, their role in creating intellectual echo chambers, radicalizing terrorists, manipulating global geopolitical events, etc.), in this Ethics Institute at Dartmouth lunch session, we will focus on the fact that internet companies commonly design their websites and apps to be addictive. Join us as we explore the unique ethical concerns raised by addictive websites, including:

What is the difference between making a product more attractive versus more addictive? What are the specific ethical issues raised by social media platforms that are not raised by the sale of other addictive products such as alcohol and cigarettes? Is there a distinctive kind of ethical wrongdoing involved when Internet companies aim to make their products more addictive?