Welcome to my website.
I’m a doctoral researcher based at the Oxford Internet Institute, exploring the ethical and political impact of data and AI on society, with specific research interests in AI ethics, the use of AI for social good, social media as a public sphere, and the use of algorithms to deal with online hate speech. My past research has included work on digital politics, big and open data, digital state surveillance, and the use of web archives in research.
I’m also a Research Associate at the Alan Turing Institute, where as part of the public policy programme I focus on translating insights from academia into effective policy frameworks for the ethical use of data science and AI by governments.
My other engagements include serving as the Convenor of the Turing’s Ethics Advisory Group, a member of the Institute’s Data Ethics Group, and a member of the Ethics Committee of Digital Catapult’s Machine Intelligence Garage, where I work with start-ups to develop action plans for ensuring the ethical use of machine learning technology. Finally, I appear regularly on Monocle 24’s morning show The Globalist to discuss politics and technology, and host AlgoRhythms, a weekly tech-focused podcast.
Less often than I’d like, I also write about food, sport, and films.
This website is a semi-regularly updated repository of my research, writing, project experience and other information. You can find me in other forms and formats on Twitter, Medium, LinkedIn and Google Scholar.
I was interviewed on Monocle 24 Radio earlier to discuss the delayed launch of an emergency alert system in the US:
The Monocle Globalist, 19th September
New blog post at The Turing:
Ethics and innovation belong hand in hand. By Helen Margetts, Cosmina Dorobantu, and Josh Cowls.
Myself and Luciano Floridi have released a new paper on SSRN:
Prolegomena to a White Paper on an Ethical Framework for a Good AI Society.
The paper discusses the opportunities and challenges of AI for society and reports the results of a meta analysis, which found that five principles – beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy, justice, and explicability – undergird the emerging ethics of AI as expressed by leading multistakeholder organisations.
I am quoted in a new article in Raconteur, which also appeared in a supplement to the London Times:
The ethics of AI: how to hold machines accountable. By Nick Easen.
I am quoted in this New Scientist piece about new research for the ethical dilemma known as “the trolley problem”, and its implications for building autonomous systems.
Trolley problem tested in real life for first time with mice. By Clare Wilson.
Cowls, Josh, and Schroeder, Ralph (2018). Tweeting All The Way to the White House. In Boczkowski, Pablo & Papacharissi, Zizi. (Eds.). (2018). Trump and the Media. MIT Press.
Myself and Evan Higgins have a new book review in Internet Histories:
The internet revolution in the sciences and humanities.
The presentation of my MIT thesis, “From Trump Tower to the White House, in 140 Characters”, is now available:
How do you solve a problem like problem-solving? That is the motivating question behind efforts to develop general artificial intelligence — a quest brought vividly to life by Max Tegmark in his new book, Life 3.0…
Read more at Medium.