Responsible Use of Digital Data to Combat COVID-19 w/ Dr. Marcello Ienca at ETH Zürich

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In this week’s #DataTalk, we chat with Dr. Marcello Ienca about his article on the responsible use of digital data to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

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About Dr. Marcello Ienca

Dr. Marcello Ienca is a senior researcher at the Health Ethics & Policy Lab, Department of Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He is the PI of the projects “Neurotechnology, Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights“, “Digitalizing Elderly Care“, and “Personalized and Preventative Care“.

He is also involved in projects on AI ethics, big data in health research, and data protection in personalized health. His research focuses on the ethics and governance of biomedical data, ethically aligned artificial intelligence (AI) and responsible innovation for emerging technologies at the human-​machine interface.

Prior to joining ETH, Dr. Ienca has obtained MSc, MA and PhD degrees from the Humboldt University of Berlin, KU Leuven (Erasmus Mundus Consortium) and the University of Basel. He has published extensively on the ELSI of neurotechnology and AI, big data trends in biomedicine, ethical design in robotics, data ethics, human rights, dual-​use, digital health and cognitive assistance for people with intellectual disabilities.

Ienca has received several awards for social responsibility in science and technology such as the Vontobel Award for Ageing Research, the Prize Pato de Carvalho (Portugal), the Sonia Lupien Award (Canada) and the Paul Schotsmans Prize from the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME). He has authored one monograph, one edited volume, +40 scientific articles in peer-​review journals, several book chapters and is a frequent contributor to Scientific American.

His research was featured in academic journals such as Neuron, Nature Biotechnology, the American Journal of Bioethics and media outlets such as Nature, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Times, Die Welt, The Independent, the Financial Times and others. He is a former representative to the board of directors of the International Neuroethics Society, an expert member of the OECD Steering Group on Neurotechnology, a Swiss delegate to the same OECD group, and an expert advisor to the Council of Europe’s Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence.

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