Technology ethics can be championed by a wide array of individual and organizational stakeholders across sectors and industries, with the Lab aiming to support three primary audiences:

  1. Companies, organizations, and entities in any industry or sector who design, develop, deploy, and use artificial intelligence applications and other new and advanced technologies.
  2. Law and policymakers who design, develop, and deploy legal and regulatory frameworks and policies to govern the use of new and advanced technologies and the entities responsible for them.
  3. Academics and researchers who are advancing theoretical foundations and frameworks upon which practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders can build in designing, developing, and deploying new and advanced technologies and the rules to govern them. The Lab can also help to promote interdisciplinarity, translate academic research into practice, identify any gaps in such research needed to solve real-world challenges, and provide meaningful tools to support that work.

We also seek to support:

  1. Students and future leaders who will eventually shape the design, development, and deployment of new and advanced technologies, as well as the law and policy frameworks to govern them. 
  2. Civil society actors and organizations who seek to hold technologists, companies, policymakers, and others accountable for adhering to their own theoretical and practical frameworks and policies for technology ethics.
  3. Shareholders, venture capital, and other investors who can incentivize or disincentivize the ethical design, development, and deployment of new and advanced technologies, including the use cases and commercial models underpinning them.

White papers and other publications completed with support from the Notre Dame-IBM Tech Ethics Lab by faculty, student research assistants, and Lab partners are available in this online library.


The Technology Ethics Lab is funded by a 10-year, $20 million IBM commitment.