Hi, I’m a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, based at the Oxford Internet Institute. My research focuses on the philosophy and ethics of technology, especially questions of user attention and persuasion. In particular, I’m interested in developing new ways of understanding and protecting user freedom in environments of highly persuasive design.
I was recently honored to have received the inaugural Nine Dots Prize; I’m currently writing a book based on my research that will be published by Cambridge University Press in mid-2018.
Previously, I worked at Google for over ten years, where I received the Founder’s Award, the company’s highest honor, for my work on search advertising. Before that, I earned a master’s in product design engineering and an undergrad in literature.
At Oxford I’m a member of Balliol College, a visiting researcher at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and a tutor in the Oxford Computer Science department. I’m also a co-founder of the Time Well Spent campaign, an effort that aims to bring the design ethos of our digital technologies into greater alignment with our deeper human interests. This autumn/winter, I will also be a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge.
I frequently speak and consult across industry, academic, non-profit, and government contexts, so if you’d like to discuss possible partnerships, please get in touch.