Ethics Owners: A New Model of Organizational Responsibility in Data-Driven Tech Companies

A 74-page report in which researchers Emanuel Moss and Jacob Metcalf assert that understanding the work of ethics owners - and the tensions they face - is key to the future governance and regulation of tech companies, and the increasingly powerful technologies they design.

The authors identify six fundamental tensions that ethics owners face:

  • Personal ethics
  • Limiting harms
  • Business models
  • Nonmeasurable impact
  • Users/nonusers
  • Scale