TheSocial, Ethical, and Legal Issues in Computing Lecture Series is pleasedto announce our upcoming event:
November23, 2:30 PM
Epistemic Corruption and Interested Knowledge
When a system that producesand distributes knowledge importantly loses integrity, ceasing to provide thekinds of trusted knowledge expected of it, we can label this ‘epistemiccorruption’. It turns out that such systems are often more fragile than theyappear, and they can lose their integrity as a result of internal or externalpressures. It also turns out that important actors will often disagree aboutwhat constitutes epistemic corruption or which practices are cases – and henceit is important to look at accusations and defences with a measure ofneutrality. I will present a small handful examples of epistemic corruption, inan attempt to understand some of the stakes.
SergioSismondo (Queen’s University, Canada) is editor of SocialStudies of Science, one of the central journals in the field of Scienceand Technology Studies. He is the author of AnIntroduction to Science and Technology Studies, as well as some othergeneral or theoretical works in the field. For a number of years his empiricalresearch has been on how the pharmaceutical industry creates and shapes theknowledge landscapes on which it operates; see his Ghost-Managed Medicine: Big Pharma’sInvisible Hands.