Alan Rubel

Position title: Professor and Director


Phone: 608-263-2900

Office: 4238 Helen C. White Hall
4259 Helen C. White Hall
600 N Park St, Madison, WI 53706

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J.D. University of Wisconsin Law School 2003
Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2006

Research Interests:

Research fields – Information ethics, policy, and law

Areas of interest – Information privacy and security, surveillance, algorithmic decision-making, bioethics

Classes taught:

LIS 461: Data and Algorithms: Ethics and Policy
LIS 460 / Legal Studies 460: Surveillance, Privacy, and Police Powers
Legal Studies 450: Jurisprudence and Contemporary Issues
LIS 661: Information Ethics and Policy
LIS 340: Introduction to Internet, Computer, and Cyberlaw

Recent Publications:

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

Comparing Use Terms in Spanish and UW Research University E-journal Licenses: Recent Trends,” College & Research Libraries, 82(2), 158–181 (with Juan Carlos Fernández-Molina and Kristin Eschenfelder).

The Temptation of Data-Enabled Surveillance: Are Universities the Next Cautionary Tale?” Communications of the Association of Computing Machinery (CACM) 63(4) (2020): 22–24 (with Kyle Jones).

Algorithms, Agency, and Respect for Persons.” Social Theory & Practice 43(3) (2020): 547–72 (with Clinton Castro and Adam Pham)

Agency Laundering and Information Technologies.” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 22 (2019): 1017–41 (with Clinton Castro and Adam Pham)