Barhead Solutions, in conjunction with the Australian Cyber Law Institute, is pleased to bring you the Ethics, Law and Technology – a framework for thinking about ethics in the design of legal technology.

​Have you ever wondered if there are ethics in the design and implementation of legal technologies? If you haven’t, you are not alone. The link between ethics and technology is not commonly discussed. This is because ethics is traditionally linked to people and not our tools. However, far from being independent and neutral, technologies can co-produce our values, and even change them.

Techno-ethics has been a philosophical discussion for some time. In more recent times society, and by extension lawyers, have begun to see the practical requirements for understanding this issue in more detail. But without a framework to help us understand the relationship between technology and ethics, it can be difficult to justify the decisions we make in relation to the technologies we allow to influence a major part of our lives.

In this discussion we investigate the theory and practice of techno-ethics and what it means for lawyers, particularly in relation to the technologies we use day to day. Reflecting on the philosophical study of technological mediation, the underlying nature of technology’s impact on us can be uncovered. From this position, we can critique the design of our technologies. This enables us to make informed choices as how those tools are then implemented and used.

​In today’s hyperconnected world, techno-ethics is an important literacy for all lawyers, technology developers, legal technology specialists, and anyone connected to law and technology. In this informative and empowering discussion, you will gain a deeper understanding of the critical importance of ethics in the design of technology.

Watch the webinar for a fascinating yet practical look at the topic of techno-ethics and its relevance to legal technology design.

Dr. Fabian Horton, Legal Educator, Technology Designer, and Cyber Lawyer

Dr. Fabian Horton is a legal educator, technology designer, and cyber lawyer. He is renowned for taking philosophical and ethical concepts and distilling them into pragmatic and relevant guidance for the legal industry. Through his research and writings, Dr. Horton has developed a framework that can help you understand the elements of ethical decision making in relation to legal technologies.

Dennae Smith, Analyst for Government Affairs and Public Policy for Microsoft

Dennae Smith is an Analyst for Government Affairs and Public Policy for Microsoft and a New Colombo Plan Scholar. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (Finance) degree with First Class Honours from James Cook University, where she conducted AI-centric research. In her current role, she provides research and analysis of topics around digital transformation to support Microsoft’s engagement with government, regulators and other stakeholders across the region.

Amanda Fajerman, Engagement Manager for Legal Technology Solutions

Amanda is Barhead’s Engagement Manager for Legal Technology Solutions. She is also a Board Member of the Australian Cyber Law Institute and Committee member Woman of Australian Legal Technology. Amanda thrives on the opportunity to create technology solutions for legal teams. She brings 15 years of experience in legal and consulting roles and has a focus in knowledge management, change management, transformation, project management, automation and a variety of no-code legal technology platforms.