Matthew Stender is a Berlin-based tech ethicist whose inquiry focuses on the socio-cultural implications of emerging technology and the impact of algorithmic agents on human agency. As a CIHR fellow, he researches the relationships between people and their increasingly connected cities, and explores rights-based approaches that underpin contemporary philosophical thought as to what constitutes “public” and “private” action in networked municipal infrastructure.
Parallel to investigating the nature of smart cities at CIHR, Matthew sits on two working groups for the IEEE’s Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems where he contributes to the creation of global technical standards around Algorithmic Bias Considerations (P7003) and the Standard for Personal Data Artificial Intelligence Agent (P7006).
Since 2015, Matthew has served as project strategist for Onlinecensorship.org – a project co-founded by the Electronic Frontier Foundation – that seeks to increase transparency around content moderation policies on social media networks.
Matthew holds an BA from the University of Texas at Dallas and an MA from the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His previous professional roles include creative director for the data design NGO Visualizing Impact in Beirut, digital strategy manager for Hong Kong-based PR agency Sinclair Communications and program director for the non-profit World Affairs Council of San Antonio in Texas.