Douglas, D. M. (David)

University of Twente

Section: Philosophy
Faculty: Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS)

Computer Ethics
Computer Software
Domain-Specific Ethics
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Dr. David Michael Douglas is 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.

I completed my PhD in philosophy at the University of Queensland in November 2011. My thesis described a framework for 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. I also received a BSc in Computer Science and a BA with Honours in Philosophy from the University of Queensland in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

My research work is influenced by my background in Anglo-American political philosophy and distributive justice, and by my interests in how information technology can shape people’s abilities and how it can be made more accessible and inclusive. I have published research papers on free software, intellectual property rights, and Internet regulation.


Douglas, David M. “Doxing: A Conceptual Analysis.” Ethics and Information Technology 18, no. 3 (September 2016): 199–210. doi:10.1007/s10676-016-9406-0.

Maguire, Rowena, David M. Douglas, Vesselin Popovski, and Hugh Breakey. “Ethical Values and the Global Carbon Integrity System.” In Ethical Values and the Integrity of the Climate Change Regime, edited by Hugh Breakey, Vesselin Popovski, and Rowena Maguire, 3–15. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, 2015.

Douglas, David M. “Towards a Just and Fair Internet: Applying Rawls’ Principles of Justice to Internet Regulation.” Ethics and Information Technology 17, no. 1 (March 2015): 57–64. doi:10.1007/s10676-015-9361-1.

———. “The Social Goods of Information Networks: Complex Equality and Wu’s Separation Principles.” First Monday 19, no. 9 (September 6, 2014). doi:10.5210/fm.v19i9.4652.

———. “Pre-Owned Games.” Responsible Research & Innovation in ICT, October 22, 2013.

———. “Making ICT Careers Accessible: The Value of Certification.” Information Age, August 2012, 54–55.

———. “The Social Disutility of Software Ownership.” Science and Engineering Ethics 17, no. 3 (September 2011): 485–502. doi:10.1007/s11948-010-9224-4.

———. “A Bundle of Software Rights and Duties.” Ethics and Information Technology 13, no. 3 (2011): 185–97. doi:10.1007/s10676-010-9229-3.

Douglas, David M. “A Beneficial Monopoly: Jeremy Bentham on Monopolies and Patents.” Annual Crosswords Short Essay Competition, 2009.


Koivisto, Raija, and David Douglas. “Principles and Approaches in Ethics Assessment: Ethics and Risk.” SATORI, June 2015.

Ming, Xin, David Douglas, Agata Gurzawska, and Philip Brey. “Ethics Assessment in Different Countries: China.” SATORI, June 2015.

Shelley-Egan, Clare, Philip Brey, Rowena Rodrigues, David Douglas, Agata Gurzawska, Lise Bitsch, David Wright, and Kush Wadhwa. “SATORI Deliverable D1.1: Ethical Assessment of Research and Innovation: A Comparative Analysis of Practices and Institutions in the EU and Selected Other Countries.” SATORI, June 2015.

van Leersum, Karin, and David Douglas. “Ethics Assessment in Different Fields: Medical and Life Sciences.” SATORI, June 2015.