Étienne Brown

Philosophy Professor
Étienne brings a wealth of knowledge on the topics of communications ethics, privacy and democracy in the digital age, and "fake news."


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Dr. Étienne Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at San Jose State University. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford and the Université de Montréal. He has also taught philosophy at the Sorbonne, where he completed his PhD in 2016.

Étienne's research focuses on the ethics of communication technologies and looks at how social media and the internet are currently transforming the moral and political lives of citizens within contemporary democracies. Recently, he has published and given talks on topics such as fake news, echo chambers, freedom of expression on the internet, and "trolling." He also regularly teaches on Artificial Intelligence, privacy and surveillance, genetic enhancement, self-driving cars, and the use of robots in warfare and the sex industry.


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