Professor Sandra Wachter

Professor of Technology and Regulation, Oxford Internet Institute


Professor Sandra Wachter is Professor of Technology and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at the University of Oxford where she researches the legal and ethical implications of AI, big data, and robotics as well as Internet and platform regulation. 

Her current research focuses on profiling, inferential analytics, explainable AI, algorithmic bias, diversity, and fairness, as well as governmental surveillance, predictive policing, human rights online, and health tech and medical law. At the OII, Professor Wachter leads and coordinates the Governance of Emerging Technologies (GET) Research Programme that investigates legal, ethical, and technical aspects of AI, machine learning, and other emerging technologies.

Professor Wachter is also an affiliate and member at numerous institutions, such as the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Values, Ethics and Innovation, the European Commission’s Expert Group on Autonomous Cars, the Law Committee of the IEEE, the World Bank’s Task Force on Access to Justice and Technology, the United Kingdom Police Ethics Guidance Group, the British Standards Institution, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at Oxford’s Law Faculty and the Oxford Martin School.


  • Ethics of AI and big data
  • Legal implications of AI and generative AI
  • Governance of emerging technologies and robotics
  • Algorithms and social media, fake news, and deep fakes
  • Platform regulation and content regulation and online harms
  • Health tech and medical law
  • Governmental Surveillance and predictive policing
  • Human rights online

Media experience

Professor Sandra Wachter's work has received extensive media coverage (300+ pieces) in renowned outlets across print, radio, and video including The New York Times, The Guardian, BBC, The Telegraph, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, WIRED, CBC, ABC, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Science, Nature, New Scientist, FAZ, Die Zeit, Le Monde, CNBC, NBC, HBO, Engadget, Gizmodo, El Mundo, The Sunday Times, The Verge, Vice Magazine, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Der Spiegel, Der Standard, and Reuters.

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English, German