It has been a tough two years for the technology industry. The 2016 US election was a turning point for what was formerly the face of upbeat, self-actualising capitalism. Today the common view is that a tiny minority has been making money by disrupting things at the expense of the majority. Technology companies are out of control because law-makers have been neglectful, indifferent or – worse – baffled by the prospect of regulation. But in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data-harvesting scandal, there is new interest in the role of ethical considerations in the work of technology companies, and the programmers who build their machinery.

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