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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    From friends’ status updates, to messages from political candidates, to regular old ads, what we see on the internet today is rarely left to chance. Online and on our digital devices, technology companies track our every move, collecting troves of information about us that can be used to influence what we buy, how we vote, […]
    Amy Brouillette
  • To stem misinformation online, Congress must address targeted advertising: New RDR report May 27, 2020
    As the country struggles to respond to COVID-19 and the 2020 elections approach, misinformation on social media abounds, posing a public health threat and a threat to our democracy. In RDR’s new report, “Getting to the Source of Infodemics: It’s the Business Model,” RDR Senior Policy Analyst Nathalie Maréchal, Director Rebecca MacKinnon, and I examine […]
    Jessica Dheere

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