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Digital ethics lab at the University of Oxford

At the Digital Ethics Lab we tackle the ethical challenges posed by digital innovation. We help design a better information society: open, pluralistic, tolerant, equitable, and just.

Led by Luciano Floridi, the OII’s Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, the DELab aims to identify the benefits and enhance the positive opportunities of digital innovation as a force for good and avoid or mitigate its risks and shortcomings.

We seek to interact with interested parties and stakeholders from all sectors and internationally.  Our goal is to identify the ethical opportunities, challenges, and risks presented by the digital world, and to provide independent research, advice, solutions, and strategic options to deal with them successfully.

We are proud of the strong relationships we have built with our existing funders and are delighted to acknowledge publicly their generous support.  We always seek to engage our sponsors in the Digital Ethics Lab activities and would be excited to discuss such opportunities with any  parties interested in developing new lines of research and supporting our work.

The Oxford Internet Institute Visiting Policy Fellowship Programme provides a unique means of engagement for Oxford researchers and policy makers in government, industry and civil society. Competitively evaluated applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for a two-year term of appointment.

The programme provides a customized professional development opportunity to senior policy leads from different sectors. This is not just an opportunity to attend lectures, interview experts and spend time on strategic thinking about technology and society. It is an opportunity for co-working, developing ideas together, and staying briefed on the latest research. When new ideas are needed for policy leadership, you need a trusted contact for someone who is in a position to advise. Having insight at the right time is the result of extended, deep contact with the latest research and thinking. It is difficult to model when you will be called on for your opinion on society’s grand challenges in artificial intelligence, the internet of things, or the future of work. It is difficult to anticipate when a policy crisis will hit in your domain of work. But being able to recognize high quality research on a rapid turn-around is a unique skill. Our Visiting Policy Fellows develop this skill and these contacts.

Please visit the OII website for details on how to apply to the Visiting Policy Fellowship Programme

Research

At the Digital Ethics Lab we tackle the ethical challenges posed by digital innovation. We help design a better information society: open, pluralistic, tolerant, equitable, and just. Our goal is to identify the benefits and enhance the positive opportunities of digital innovation as a force for good, and avoid or mitigate its risks and shortcomings. Our work builds on Oxford’s world leading expertise in conceptual design, horizon scanning, foresight analysis, and translational research on ethics, governance, and policy making.

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  • ADEM: Ethical Auditing for Accountable Automated Decision-Making
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    AI Circular Economy
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  • AI4People: Europe’s first global forum on the social impact of AI
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  • Ethics of biomedical data
    BIDA: Ethics of Biomedical Big Data
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  • CYCO: Ethics and Policies for Cyber Conflicts
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  • Landscaping Strategic Cyber deterrence
    CYDE: Landscaping Strategic Cyber Deterrence
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  • Death in the Age of Information
    DAI: The Ethics and Economics of Death in the Age of Information
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    DEEPFAKE: The Ethics of Deepfake Pornography
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  • EDADO: A European Ethical Code for Data Donation
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    EDWB: The Ethics of Digital Well-Being
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  • ESIAI: Ethical and Social Implications of AI
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    GLO: GoodLife Online
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    Infosphere as Social Determinant of Health
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    LAMP: A Code of Ethics for Refugee Data Sharing
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    LOGIVIS: The Logics of Information Visualisation
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  • MEDA: The Ethics of Medical Data Analytics - Opportunities and Challenges
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  • MLTP: The Epistemology of Data Science: Machine Learning in Theory and in Practice
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  • NETGOV: The Politics and Ethics of Internet Governance and Internet Infrastructure
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  • PETRAS: Internet of Things (IoT) Research Hub
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    RADA: Ethical Risk Assessment in Biomedical Big Data
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  • Recommender Systems: Their Nature and Impact
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  • ROADMAP: Real World Outcomes Across the Alzheimer’s Disease Spectrum for Better care, Multi-modal Data Access Platform
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  • ROSP: an Ethical Framework for the New Civic Responsibilities of Online Service Providers
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  • Smart Cities
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  • The chinese Approach to Artificial Intelligence
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  • The Debate on the Ethics of AI in Health Care
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  • The Ethical Debate about the Gig Economy
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  • The Ethics of Algorithms
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  • The Ethics of Fintech
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    VIME: Viral Messaging, its Nature and Dynamics
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