Cambridge University Ethics in Mathematics Project

Case Studies

This portion of the website is still under construction.

This page contains a listing of some case studies demonstrating some of the instances where ethical issues can arise out of mathematical work. This is not a complete list, and if you have any suggestions on things to include then please do get in touch with us.

Click on the highlighted links below to access the case studies. Those not highlighted are still in production, but we list them now for future reference. For convenience, cases that are relevant to multiple headings are repeated under each heading (they link to the same page). As this website is developed, more links to the case studies will appear.

Financial Mathematics and Modelling

Collateralised Debt Obligations

LIBOR rigging and Tom Hayes

Alternate credit scoring

The 2010 flach crash and Navinder Sarao

Cryptography, Surveillance and Data

Snowden revelations of mass surveillance

Brute-force attack on Diffie-Hellman key exchange

Strava/Fitbit data release

Facial recognition: Clearview AI

Algorithms and AI

Google Pagerank algorithm

Amazon suggestion algorithm

Chinese social credit scoring

Algorithmic sentencing: COMPAS

Predictive policing: HART

Targeted advertising and Cambridge Analytica


Sally Clark trial

Optimisation and Cost-Benefit Analysis

Ford Pinto memo

Pure mathematics in action

Mathematicians at the Manhattan Project

Persistent Homology and network analysis

Geometric Group Theory in robotics

Responsible disclosure

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