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David Douglas

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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.


Lu, Qinghua, Liming Zhu, Xiwei Xu, Jon Whittle, David Douglas, & Conrad Sanderson. (2022). Software engineering for responsible AI: an empirical study and operationalised patterns. In Proceedings of the 44th International Conference on Software Engineering: Software Engineering in Practice (ICSE-SEIP '22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 241–242. doi:10.1145/3510457.3513063

Douglas, David M., Justine Lacey, & David Howard. (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, David M., Justine Lacey, & David Howard. (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, David M., David Howard, & Justine Lacey. (2021). Moral responsibility for computationally designed products. AI and Ethics, 1-9. doi:10.1007/s43681-020-00034-z.

Douglas, David 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, David 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, David M. (2019). Should Researchers Use Data from Security Breaches? Communications of the ACM, 62(12), 22-24.

Gertz, Nolen, Peter-Paul Verbeek, & David M. Douglas,. (2019). Cyberwar and Mediation Theory. Delphi - Interdisciplinary Review of Emerging Technologies, 2(2), 72-78.

Douglas, David M. (2018). Should Internet Researchers Use Ill-Gotten Information? Science and Engineering Ethics, 24(4), 1221-1240.

—. (2018). Personal Information, Identification Information, and Identity Knowledge. UniSA Student Law Review, 3,

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.

———. “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.


Callies, Ingrid, Philip Jansen, Wessel Reijers, David Douglas, Agata Gurzawska, Alexandra Kapeller, Philip Brey, Rok Benčin, and Zuzanna Warso. "Outline of an Ethics Assessment Framework." SATORI, September 2017.

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.

Jensen, Philip, Wessel Reijers, David Douglas, Faridun Sattarov, Agata Gurzawska, Alexandra Kapeller, Philip Brey, Rok Benčin, Zuzanna Warso, and Robert Braun. "A Reasoned Proposal for Shared Approaches to Ethics Assessment in the European Context." SATORI, May 2017.

Brey, Philip, David Douglas, Alexandra Kapeller, Rok Benčin, Daniela Ovadia, and Doris Wolfslehner. "Models for Ethics Assessment and Guidance in Higher Education." SATORI, October 2016.

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.