Alan Rubel

Credentials: Affiliate Professor (University of Wisconsin, JD 2003, PhD 2006)

Position title: Information Ethics, Law, and Policy; Privacy and Surveillance; Bioethics


4238 Helen C. White Hall

Alan Rubel is professor and current director of the UW Information School and former director of the Center for Law, Society & Justice. He is a member of the department of Medical History and Bioethics and a faculty affiliate of the UW law school. Professor Rubel’s research interests include information ethics, law, and policy; privacy and surveillance; and bioethics.


Recent publications include:

Algorithms & Autonomy: The Ethics of Automated Decision Systems (with Clinton Castro and Adam Pham, Cambridge University Press 2021)

“A matter of trust: Higher education institutions as information fiduciaries in an age of educational data mining and learning analytics,” JASIST: Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (2021) (with Kyle Jones and Ellen LeClere)

“The temptation of data-enabled surveillance,” Communications of the ACM (2020) (with Kyle Jones)

“Agency laundering and information technologies,” Ethical Theory & Moral Practice (2019) (with Clinton Castro and Adam Pham)


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