Compass Ethics assembles teams of scholar-practitioners who combine deep industry experience with cutting-edge academic research.
Below, we highlight recent successes of our team members in academic publishing and securing research grants. Our team’s publications regularly appear in premier peer-reviewed journals, books from top academic presses, and government reports.
Featured White paper
Combating disinformation with AI:
Compass Awarded Grants
Studying the Ethics of Self-regulation for High-risk Technology
The Mercatus Center at George Mason University
In the absence of comprehensive regulation, producers of high-risk technology increasingly seek to develop their own guidelines for safeguarding their products against misuse. This raises a variety of challenging normative questions. Can technology companies be trusted to safeguard their products effectively? What makes certain self-regulatory frameworks better than others? Above all, Bradley and Ted are keen to explore when, if ever, such efforts can be democratically legitimate. In many cases, self-regulation evades democratic accountability, as it allows tech firms to make up their own rules without subjecting them to democratic scrutiny. Interestingly, however, we also observe certain circumstances in which self-regulation may actually be democracy-enhancing. Stay tuned for more updates as this research unfolds!
Interesting Work Our Scholars are Doing in the World
The Bounds of Defense, Killing, Moral Responsibility, and War
Bradley J. Strawser (Oxford University Press, 2023).
Autonomous Vehicle Ethics: The Trolley Problem and Beyond
Ryan Jenkins, David Cerný, and Tomas Hríbek (Oxford University Press, 2022).
The Ethical Underpinnings of Climate Economics
Duncan Purves, Adrian Walsh, and Säde Hormio (Routledge, 2016).
Tool or Trouble: Aligning Artificial Intelligence with Human Rights
Ambassador Jeff Bleich and Bradley J. Strawser for the Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative Social Impact Review (2022).
One Way to Think with Precarity in the Classroom
Becky Vartabedian for The Blog of the American Philosophical Association (APA) (2022).
When It Comes to AI and Weapons, the Tech World Needs Philosophers
Ryan Jenkins for The Washington Post (2018).
Researchers Pursue ‘Holy Grail’ to Measure Machine Learning’s Impact on People
featuring Ryan Jenkins and Lorenzo Nericcio
The Abortion Debate is Stuck. Are Artificial Wombs the Answer? featuring Jeremy Davis and Eric Mathison
featuring Jeremy Davis and Eric Mathison (The New York Times, 2019).
The Ethics of War, War Crimes, and Ethical Decision Making
The Voices of War Podcast features David Whetham.
The Ethics of Warfare and Changing Technology
Bradley J. Strawser for the World Affairs Council Monterey Bay (2020).
The Concept of Accountability in AI Ethics and Governance
Theodore M. Lechterman (Oxford University Press, 2021)
Evaluating the Human Impacts of Machine Learning
Ryan Jenkins, Kristian Hammond, Sarah Spurlock, and Leilani Gilpin (AI & Society, 2022).
Five Ethical Challenges Facing Data-Driven Policing
Jeremy Davis, Duncan Purves, Juan Gilbert, and Schuyler Sturm (AI & Ethics, 2022).
What if? An experiment to Include a religious narrative in the Approach of the European Court of Human Rights
Anicée Van Engeland (Journal of Law, Religion and State, 2019).
Can we Be Reasonable? Bias, Skepticism, and Public Discourse
Teresa Allen and Michael Patrick Lynch (Oxford University Press, 2022).
The Case for an Autonomy-Centred View of Physician-Assisted Death
Jeremy Davis and Eric Mathison (Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 2020).