Dr. David M. Douglas 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 from 2015 to 2016. He is currently a Research Scientist with the CSIRO in Australia, where he is working on responsible innovation in robotics and AI.
Dr. Douglas completed his PhD in philosophy at the University of Queensland in November 2011. His 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.
His research work is influenced by his background in Anglo-American political philosophy and distributive justice, and by his interests in how information technology shapes people’s abilities and how it may be made more accessible and inclusive. He has published research papers on free software, intellectual property rights, and Internet regulation.
Douglas, D. M., et al. (2022). “Ethical Risks of AI-Designed Products: Bespoke Surgical Tools as a Case Study.” AI and Ethics: 1-17. doi:10.1007/s43681-022-00219-8.
Douglas, D. M., et al. (2022). “Ethical responsibility and computational design: bespoke surgical tools as an instructive case study.” Ethics and Information Technology 24(1): 11. doi:10.1007/s10676-022-09641-2.
Douglas, D. M., Howard, D., & Lacey, J. (2021). Moral responsibility for computationally designed products. AI and Ethics, 1-9. doi:10.1007/s43681-020-00034-z.
Douglas, D.M. (2020). Doxing as Audience Vigilantism against Hate Speech. In Trottier, D., Gabdulhakov, R., & Huang, Q. Introducing Vigilant Audiences (pp. 259-279). Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK.
Kinkead, D., and Douglas, D.M. (2020). The Network and the Demos: Big Data and the Epistemic Justifications of Democracy. In K. Macnish & J. Galliott (Eds.), Big Data and Democracy (pp. 119-133). Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
Douglas, D. M. (2019). Should Researchers Use Data from Security Breaches? Communications of the ACM, 62(12), 22-24.
Gertz, N., Verbeek, P-P., & Douglas, D. M. (2019). Cyberwar and Mediation Theory. Delphi – Interdisciplinary Review of Emerging Technologies, 2(2), 72-78.
Douglas, D. M. (2018). Should Internet Researchers Use Ill-Gotten Information? Science and Engineering Ethics, 24(4), 1221-1240.
Douglas, David M., José Jair Santanna, Ricardo de O. Schmidt, Lisandro Z. Granville, and Aiko Pras, ‘Booters: Can Anything Justify Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Attacks for Hire?’, Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society, vol. 15, no. 1.
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.
Leinonen, Anna, Raija Koivisto, Anu Tuominen, David Douglas, Agata Gurzawska, Philip Jansen, Alexandra Kapeller, and Philip Brey. “Roadmap towards Adoption of a Fully Developed Ethics Assessment Framework.” SATORI, June 2017. http://satoriproject.eu/media/D4.3_SATORI_Roadmap.pdf.