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Mariarosaria Taddeo

Senior Researcher Fellow and Deputy Director, Digital Ethics Lab, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

Fellow, Alan Turing Institute

Mariarosaria Taddeo is Senior Researcher Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and Deputy Director of the Digital Ethics Lab. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Taddeo is a philosopher working on the ethics of digital technologies. Her most recent work focuses on digital ethics, spanning from ethics of artificial intelligence (AI) to ethical analysis of cybersecurity practices, cyber conflicts, and ethics of data science. Her area of expertise is philosophy and ethics of information, although she has published in areas like epistemology, logic, and philosophy of AI.

Taddeo’s work has been published in major research journals, like Nature, Nature Machine Intelligence, Science, and Science Robotics, Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society A. She has published extensively on online trust, ethics of cyber conflicts, cyber deterrence, the use of AI for national defense, and AI for social good. Taddeo is Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on a number of research projects, ranging from the ethical challenges of the use of AI for national defense, socially good uses of AI, and AI to advance sustainable development goals.

In 2018, ORBIT listed her among the 100 experts working on AI in world. In the same year, she has been listed among the top 50 most inspiring Italian women working in digital technologies. Taddeo has been awarded the Simon Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy; and the World Technology Award for Ethics, acknowledging the originality and her research on the ethics of cyber conflicts and the social impact of the work that she developed in this area.

Since 2016, Taddeo has served as editor-in-chief of Minds & Machines, and on the executive editorial board of Philosophy & Technology. Before joining the OII, Taddeo was Research Fellow in Cyber Security and Ethics at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick. From 2010 to 2012 she held a Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Hertfordshire, where she was working on information warfare and its ethical implications.

Taddeo holds a PhD (Doctor Europeus) in Philosophy from the University of Padua. Her PhD thesis focused on the epistemic and ethical implications of trust in artificial systems.

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