My work focuses on the intersection between law and ethics, with a particular interest in machine ethics, agency and the role of habit within moral decisions. I am a professor at the University of Birmingham and a fellow at the Alan Turing Institute.
For recent work on the data ecosystem that's made Generative AI possible, and the way it's now put in jeopardy by those very tools, see: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4388928
I co-chair the Data Trusts Initiative with Neil Lawrence.
Funded by the McGovern Foundation, this initiative is an interdisciplinary programme that bridges the gap between theory and practice when it comes to building data trusts.
As bottom-up empowerment structures, data trusts enable groups of people to pool together the rights they have over their data, in order to negotiate better terms and conditions and monitor data sharing agreements.
My work has always been animated by a commitment to bridge the gap between theory and practice. This has led me to launch or be involved in a variety of ethics and public policy initiatives. Most recently, the data trusts work has led to the Data Trusts steering group, which produced its report -under the aegis of the Ada Lovelace Institute & UK AI Council - in March 2021.
I have also contributed to expert advice sessions for the UK’s DCMS Department on the development of data governance infrastructure.
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