Carissa Véliz

Associate Professor in Philosophy at the Institute for Ethics in AI, Fellow at Hertford College, University of Oxford

Carissa Véliz is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Ethics in AI, and a Fellow at Hertford College, University of Oxford. Her work focuses on digital ethics, with an emphasis on privacy and AI ethics, as well as practical ethics, political philosophy, and public policy.

"An acclaimed advocate on privacy and digital ethics"

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  • Privacy Is Power
  • Data, Privacy and the Individual
  • Ethics in AI
  • Cyber security
  • Big Data
  • Social Media


She presents in English and Spanish.

How she presents

Highly engaging and inspiring, Carissa's speaking style involves openness, and is deeply insightful and a challenge to the audience.


  • Privacy is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data

In Detail

Carissa has been a member of the Group of Experts advising on the Digital Rights Charter at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation in Spain. She has been a witness to the House of Lords Communications and Digital Select Committee, on freedom of expression and public policy, as well as a member of the High-Level Advisory Panel on Technology and Global Order at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spain. She is the author of 'Privacy Is Power', an Economist Book of the Year, and the first book to call for the end of the trade in personal data. Carissa is also the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Digital Ethics. She collaborates with private and public institutions as a consultant. Her academic work has been published in The Harvard Business Review, Nature Electronics, Nature Energy, AI & Society and The American Journal of Bioethics, among others.


In her presentations, Carissa explains how our personal data is giving too much power to big tech and governments, why that matters, and what we can do about it. She believes personal data is a toxic asset and should be regulated as if it were a toxic substance: 'Privacy is not a personal preference; it is a political concern'.



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