Kevin Macnish

Kevin Macnish is Teaching Fellow and Consultant at the Centre for Inter-Disciplinary Applied Ethics at the University of Leeds. He shares his time between lecturing undergraduates in engineering and computer science, leading online modules for an MA in Applied and Professional Ethics, and undertaking consultancy work with an ethical focus.

Kevin is also working towards a PhD on the ethics of surveillance, developing a framework by which surveillance can be assessed from an ethical perspective. Questions that interest him include who is carrying out surveillance, why are they doing it, and what the harms are which are associated with surveillance. There is surprisingly little written on this subject, especially from the perspective of applied philosophy. He is the author of the article on Surveillance Ethics in the Internet Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.

In connection with the FP-7 SUBITO project, Kevin took a four-month break from the PhD in 2011 to undertake research for the EU on the ethics of artificial intelligence techniques used in automating surveillance. He presented his findings at the International Association for Computing and Philosophy Conference at Aarhus University in July 2011, and subsequently published them in the journal Ethics and Information Technology. More recently he organised an international conference on the subject of surveillance ethics at the University of Leeds.

Kevin tweets regularly about surveillance, privacy and security as @KMacnish.

Kevin is based at the IDEA-CETL (Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied – Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning), a part of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Leeds.