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. As part of the Oxford Internet Institute, we are a multidisciplinary research group. We draw from AI, anthropology, biomedical ethics, computer science, cybersecurity, data science, economics, epistemology, ethics, ethnography, formal logic, information theory, Internet studies, law, philosophy, political science, and sociology.
We know that ethics deeply affects the development of technology, science, politics, law, business, and, ultimately, every aspect of society. This is true especially in digital contexts, where transformations are rapid and disruptive, and tend to have profound and widespread ethical consequences, with direct and daily impact on millions of lives.