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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?

Student Lunch with Dieter Grimm

Is the US Supreme Court a political or legal body? What should we make of the distinction between politics and the law in light of the pending confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh? Come discuss these questions over lunch.

September 17, 2018 12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Dieter Grimm is an internationally renowned scholar of international constitutional law. A former justice of the Federal Constitutional Court of the Republic of Germany from 1987 to 1999, where he presided over several important decisions, he is Professor Emeritus of international law at the Humboldt University in Berlin, and served as Rektor of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, a renowned Institute for Advanced Study, from 2001 to 2007, where he now is a permanent fellow. He has been a frequent visiting professor and lecturer at law schools around the world, including China, Korea, Romania, India, Canada and the United States, where he has lectured and taught at Princeton, Yale, and Harvard. The author of many influential books and articles, Justice Grimm has written extensively on constitutionalism and human rights. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.