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David Leslie

Ethics and Responsible Innovation Research Unit, Alan Turing Institute, London, U.K.

Published onNov 18, 2020
David Leslie


David Leslie is the Ethics Theme Lead at the Alan Turing Institute. He was a 2017–2018 Mellon-Sawyer Fellow in Technology and the Humanities at Boston University and has previously taught at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values, Yale’s program in Ethics, Politics and Economics and Harvard’s Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, where he received over a dozen teaching awards including the 2014 Stanley Hoffman Prize for Teaching Excellence. David now serves as an elected member of the 9-person Bureau of the Council of Europe’s Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI). He is the author of the United Kingdom Government’s official guidance on the responsible design and implementation of AI systems in the public sector, Understanding artificial intelligence ethics and safety (2019) and a principal co-author of Explaining decisions made with AI (2020), a co-badged guidance on AI explainability published by the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Alan Turing Institute. He was a Principal Investigator and co-author of the NESTA-funded Ethics review of machine learning in children’s social care (2020). His other recent publications include the HDSR article “Tackling COVID-19 through responsible AI innovation: Five steps in the right direction” (2020) and “Understanding bias in facial recognition technologies: An explainer” (2020). In his shorter writings, David has explored subjects such as the life and work of Alan Turing, the Ofqual fiasco, the history of facial recognition systems and the conceptual foundations of artificial intelligence for popular outlets from the BBC and the Turing Blog to Nature.


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