UVic Mathematics of Ethical Decision Making Series

  • Date: 02/09/2023
  • Midori Ogasawara, UVic Sociology
  • Patricia Cochran, UVic Law
  • Freya Kodar, UVic Law
  • Jentery Sayers, UVic English

University of Victoria


A Multi-disciplinary Perspective on the Ethics of Decision-making Systems


Join us for this event, part of the Seminar Series: Mathematics of Ethical Decision-making Systems




  • 3:00pm Dr. Midori Ogasawara, the social consequences of surveillance and data collection.
  • 3:30pm Break for refreshments
  • 4:00pm Patricia Cochran and Dr. Freya Koda, Technology, access to justice and narratives of law in an unequal society


    In this presentation, we will share some information about our ongoing research collaborations about the relationship between access to justice and technologically-mediated decision-making (including algorithmic credit- scoring and the online Civil Resolution Tribunal). We will discuss some of the critical questions we think require interdisciplinary attention given the growing significance of technology in legal processes, and the challenges that such processes pose for important legal ideas such as equality.

  • 4:30pm Dr. Jentery Sayers, Modelling Games as Activity Systems to Evaluate the Generative Contradictions between Play and Work


    I’ll talk about the articulation of genre studies with cultural-historical activity theory to consider conflicting motives in video games. I’m hoping to focus on contradictions related to labour (e.g., between dev teams and players; between types of players), metagaming (e.g., between social norms and player activities that may be considered cheating), and genre (between storytelling and mechanics, or “ludonarrative dissonance”). I’ll ground the talk in the model of activity theory rather than the particulars of these contradictions and conflicts.

  • 5:00pm Panel Discussion
  • 5:30pm Event Ends


For those unable to attend in person, there will be a virtual component - e-mail Kristina at pims@uvic.ca for this 'virtual attendance' information.

Other Information: 

ECS Building, room 660 University of Victoria