Compass Research

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.

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Combating disinformation with AI:

Epistemic and ethical challenges AI-supported methods for identifying and combating disinformation are progressing in their development and application. However, these methods face a litany of epistemic and ethical challenges. These include (1) robustly defining disinformation, (2) reliably classifying data according to this definition, and (3) navigating ethical risks in the deployment of countermeasures, which involve a mixture of harms and benefits. This paper seeks to expose and offer preliminary analysis of these challenges.


Ted LechtermanBen Lange

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).

The Tyranny of Generosity

Theodore M. Lechterman (Oxford University Press, 2021).

Cyber Warfare Ethics: 2

David Whetham and Michael Skerker (Howgate Publishing, 2021).

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).

Privacy is Power

Carissa Veliz (Bantam Press, 2021).