Panel Discussion: Artificial Intelligence and Ethics

May 25, 2021, 14:00 – 16:00

Joint event between DOS (Royal Holloway UoL) and IRC (Henley Business School)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Prof Bernd Carsten Stahl, De Montfort University.

Intelligence for a Better Future – An Ecosystem Perspective on the Ethics of AI and Emerging Digital Technologies.

Smart information systems (SIS), those systems that incorporate artificial intelligence techniques, in particular machine learning and big data analytics, are widely expected to have a significant impact on our world. They raise significant hopes, as well as many ethical and social concerns, ranging from worries about biases and resulting discrimination to the distribution of socio-economic and political power and their impact on democracy. The presentation will suggest the metaphor of an ecosystem to understand these concerns, and discuss the implications of this metaphor for the evaluation of ethical issues of smart information systems and how these can inform recommendations for policymakers and other stakeholders.

The presentation is based on the material developed in a book with the same title, which is freely available from:


Dr Mona Ashok (Henley Business School, Reading University): Ethical Framework for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies

Dr Robert Carolina (Information Security Group, RHUL): Responsibilities for AI actions

Dr Anabel Gutierrez (School of Business and Management, RHUL): The ethical narrative for AI adoption: An example from the food industry


Prof Susan Scott
Prof Bernd Carsten Stahl

Prof Bernd Carsten Stahl is Professor of Critical Research in Technology and Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK ( His interests cover philosophical issues arising from the intersections of business, technology, and information. This includes ethical questions of current and emerging of ICTs, critical approaches to information systems and issues related to responsible research and innovation. He serves as Ethics Director of the EU Flagship Human Brain Project (, Coordinator of the EU project Shaping the ethical dimensions of information technologies – a European perspective (SHERPA; and is Co-PI (with Marina Jirotka, Oxford) and Director of the Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT (

Dr Mona Ashok

Dr Mona Ashok is a Lecturer in Operations Management at Henley Business School, UK. She has extensive industry experience, having worked at senior management level in global IT and BPO organisations, and Accounting firm. She has worked with customers in Asia, Australia, Europe and Northern America. Mona’s experience in Higher Education includes working with doctoral, post-experienced postgraduate and undergraduate programme members. Her professional and academic projects cover topics such as: process improvement, programme management, knowledge management, financial management, organisational transformation, and management consulting. She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA), member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, and a Certified Software Quality Analyst. She has successfully secured research funding, including for Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects, funded by InnovateUK.

Dr Robert Carolina

Dr Robert Carolina (B.A. Political Science, University of Dayton; Juris Doctor, Georgetown University; LL.M International Business Law, London School of Economics) is a Senior Fellow with the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway University of London. He has taught legal and regulatory aspects of cyber security for more than two decades. He is the author of the “Law and regulation knowledge area” in CyBOK: the Cybersecurity Body of Knowledge ( a project sponsored by the UK government to draw together a baseline description of subjects for study by cybersecurity practitioners.

Robert is a lawyer (Solicitor, Senior Courts of England & Wales; Bar of the US Supreme Court) with long practice experience. Throughout his career he has focussed entirely on the application of law and regulation to emerging information and communications technologies. Robert currently acts as General Counsel to Internet Systems Consortium (operator of the Internet’s F-Root) and maintains a private practice with Origin Ltd in London.

Dr Anabel Gutierrez

Dr Anabel Gutierrez is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Royal Holloway University of London. Her research focuses on innovation and adoption of emerging technologies for the digital economy with a particular interest in data privacy concerns, use of data to understand consumer behaviour and how to improve data-driven decision-making. She is researching ethical considerations for digital collaboration and the use of cutting-edge technologies in the food sector as part of a working group at The Internet of Food Things Network Plus ( Anabel’s has collaborated in various initiatives with the industry to bring together research, teaching and practice. Currently, she is a member of the SAS UK & Ireland Academic Advisory Board, Co-Chair of the Digital Marketing and Analytics SIG at the Academy of Marketing and member of the International Editorial Review Board (IERB) of International Journal of Information Management (IJIM).


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