David M. Douglas

My primary research interest is investigating information technology from the perspective of Anglo-American political philosophy and liberal theories of distributive justice. I have published research papers on free software, intellectual property rights, Internet regulation, doxing, Internet research ethics, and AI ethics.

I am currently a research scientist with the CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, where I work on responsible innovation in new and emerging technologies. I joined the CSIRO in 2019 as a postdoctoral fellow working on responsible innovation in robotics and AI.

During 2015 and 2016 I was a postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Philosophy and ethics advisor within the Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT) at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. I also worked on the EU FP7 SATORI (Stakeholders Acting Together On the ethical impact assessment of Research and Innovation) project.

I completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of Queensland in November 2011. My thesis presented a framework describing the rights and duties various stakeholders may have over computer software, and examined the arguments for and against granting users specific rights over the software they use.

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selected publications

  1. Ethical risks of AI-designed products: bespoke surgical tools as a case study
    David M. Douglas, Justine Lacey, and David Howard
    AI and Ethics, 2023
  2. AI Ethics Principles in Practice: Perspectives of Designers and Developers
    Conrad Sanderson, David Douglas, Qinghua Lu, Emma Schleiger, Jon Whittle, Justine Lacey, Glenn Newnham, Stefan Hajkowicz, Cathy Robinson, and David Hansen
    IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society, Jun 2023
    Conference Name: IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society
  3. Who to Trust, How and Why: Untangling AI Ethics Principles, Trustworthiness and Trust
    Andreas Duenser, and David M. Douglas
    IEEE Intelligent Systems, Jun 2023