Dr Brent Mittelstadt

Research Fellow and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute


Brent Mittelstadt is a Research Fellow and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in data ethics at the Oxford Internet Institute, a Turing Fellow and member of the Data Ethics Group at the Alan Turing Institute, and a member of the UK National Statistician’s Data Ethics Advisory Committee. He is an ethicist focusing on auditing, interpretability, and ethical governance of complex algorithmic systems.

His research concerns primarily digital ethics in relation to algorithms, machine learning, artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, Big Data, and medical expert systems. Currently, he is examining the feasibility of ethical auditing of decision-making algorithms, and the development of standards and methods to ensure fairness, accountability, transparency, interpretability and group privacy in ‘black box’ algorithmic systems. His work has also recently crossed into the field of data protection and privacy law, in particular concerning the implications of the EU General Data Protection Regulation on the governance of AI and automated decision-making systems.


  • Data ethics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Algorithms
  • Machine learning
  • Data protection
  • Medical ethics
  • Internet of Things
  • Profiling

Media experience

Dr Mittelstadt has extensive experience of being interviewed for national print and broadcast media.