Cansu Canca, Ph.D.

Founder + Director

Cansu is a philosopher and the founder+director of the AI Ethics Lab, where she leads teams of computer scientists, philosophers, and legal scholars to provide ethics analysis and guidance to researchers and practitioners. She also serves as an ethics expert in various ethics, advisory, and editorial boards. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy specializing in applied ethics. She primarily works on ethics of technology, having previously worked on ethics and health. Prior to the AI Ethics Lab, she was a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong, and a researcher at the Harvard Law School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, National University of Singapore, Osaka University, and the World Health Organization. She was listed among the “30 Influential Women Advancing AI in Boston” and the “100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics”. She tweets @ccansu.

For more detailed information, you can download her CV or contact her at

(Listen to the podcast “All About AI Ethics with AI Ethics Lab Founder, Cansu Canca” to learn more about how it all started.)


Selected Talks:


Ethics of Contact Tracing: Balancing Privacy, Transparency, and Harm | Utrecht University | Online, 30 October 2020

Ethical AI and Law | Ozyegin University, Istanbul | Online, 30 October 2020

Creating Ethical Online Content | Nanyang Technological University, Singapore | Online, 2 November 2020

The Role of AI in Post-Pandemic Era | Harvard Global Health Institute + MIT Critical Data + Novartis Foundation | Online, July 2020

Artificial Intelligence & Human Subject Protection | CITI Program | Online, May 2020

The Ethics of Contact Tracing for COVID-19 | All Tech is Human | Online, April 2020

AI Ethics: Applying Theories to Ethical Design | MIT Sloan Business School | Cambridge, January 2020

How to Solve AI’s Ethical Puzzles | TEDxCambridge | Boston, November 2019

A Practical Guide to Integrating AI Ethics | MIT Technology Review | Singapore, November 2019

IRBs for AI: An Unintelligent Choice | University of Oxford, Future of Humanity Institute | Oxford, November 2019

AI, Ethics, and Public Safety | U.S. Department of Justice | Memphis, September 2019

Law, Ethics, and AI | Harvard Law School | Cambridge, April 2019

Integrating Ethics into AI Research & Development | Harvard Business School | Boston, February 2019

Machine Learning in Healthcare & Its Effects on Clinical Research | International Conference on Applied Ethics | Kyoto, December 2018

For the full list, see the CV.


For further information and booking, please see Cansu’s WSB page.


Selected Writings:

Operationalizing AI Ethics Principles | Communications of the ACM | forthcoming

AI and Ethics in Human Subject Research | CITI Program

Why ‘Mandatory Privacy-Preserving Digital Contact Tracing’ is the Ethical Measure against COVID-19 | Medium 

Human Rights and AI Ethics – Why Ethics Cannot be Replaced by the UDHR | United Nations University, Centre for Policy Research

A New Model for AI Ethics in R&D | Forbes AI

A User-Focused Transdisciplinary Research Agenda for AI-Enabled Health Tech Governance | Harvard University Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Machine Learning as the Enemy of Science? Not Really. | Harvard Law School, Bill of Health

Voice Assistants, Health, and Ethical Design | Harvard Law School, Bill of Health