Critically Evaluated AIS* Ethics Resources

* AIS is further defined in About Us.

We use the term AIS to mean any artificial intelligence-AI-based component, software and/or hardware (whether embedded or stand alone, artificial or autonomous).

Our standards, laws, and guides are all critically evaluated using the PRISMA method (adapted from the medical domain). See METHODS for more detail.

Standards, laws, experts, guides


are generally accepted set of criteria & requirements that establish models by which engineers and technologists can address ethical consideration throughout the AIS lifecycle. Most international standards are developed within a professional community (not necessarily a body authorized formally by any government) of volunteer experts through consensus building activities.


are people working directly or indirectly with the application of ethics & ethical frameworks to AIS. The experts included in this database will include those that fulfill a transparent and open competency based criteria.


are regulations and/or legislative acts describing a system of rules that regulate the design, implementation, deployment and application of AIS enforced by a social or governmental institution. Some of the jurisdictions for these regulations will be at the national level and others at a more local level depending on the country.


are documented statements with values or principles that are meant to guide the design, implementation, deployment, and application of AIS in society.

CHALLENGES IN AIS ETHICS? Qualified ethics resources that are better aligned to human ethical values will allow for an elevated level of trust between humans and technology. 

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  • Policymakers must focus on surveillance-based business models: New RDR report March 17, 2020
    As the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign continues amid a pandemic with no precedent in living memory, politicians on both sides of the aisle are understandably eager to hold major internet companies accountable for the spread of disinformation, hate speech, and other problematic content. Unfortunately, their proposals focus on pressuring companies to purge their platforms of […]
    Jessica Dheere
  • RDR pilot study underscores the need for rights-based standards in targeted advertising and algorithmic systems March 16, 2020
    Algorithms now shape nearly every facet of our digital lives. They collect and process vast amounts of user data, compiling sophisticated profiles about every user. They categorize us according to our demographics, behaviors, location data. They also make assumptions about our likes and dislikes, also known as inferred data. Then they monetize our digital dossiers […]
    Jessica Dheere

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