Professor Carissa Véliz

Associate Professor in Philosophy, Institute for Ethics in AI


Carissa Véliz is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at the Institute for Ethics in AI, where she researches privacy, the ethics of AI, and public policy.

She is the recipient of the 2021 Herbert A. Simon Award for Outstanding Research in Computing and Philosophy. In 2023, she received the Committed Optimists Award, for work that transforms the world into a better place; previous award winners include the Nobel Prize winner Shirin Ebadi and Noam Chomsky.

Professor Véliz is the author of the highly-acclaimed Privacy Is Power (published by Penguin Random House and an Economist book of the year, 2020) and is the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Digital Ethics

She is a member of UNESCO’s Women 4 Ethical AI, and part of the Advisory Board at the Electronic Privacy Information Center. She advises policymakers around the world on privacy and the ethics of AI, including the UK Parliament, the US Congress, and the European Commission. Professor Véliz works as a consultant for companies, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. 


  • Privacy, surveillance, and cybersecurity
  • Ethics of AI and big data
  • Ethics of generative AI
  • Governance of emerging technologies
  • Algorithms and social media, free speech, fake news, and deep fakes
  • What AI ethics can learn from medical ethics

Media experience

Professor Carissa Véliz's work has received extensive media coverage (300+ pieces) in renowned outlets across print, radio, and video including TIMEWired, Slate, The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC, The Telegraph, Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, CBC, Washington Post, Nature, New Scientist, El País, El Mundo, and La Vanguardia, among others.


English, Spanish