Principled AI Leadership

Nathan C. Walker

Moral Compass: Principled AI Leadership empowers professionals to integrate First Amendment and human rights principles into the ethical use of artificial intelligence. The book demystifies AI by equipping leaders with the essential knowledge to responsibly harness these technological advances. It dispels the misconception that the burden of ethical AI rests solely with executives and lawmakers. While they are instrumental in crafting codes of conduct and legislation, leaders across various professions exert significant influence, from arts and culture to education, media, and religion. Whether using AI to help enhance social services, manage hospitals, steer universities, or direct film studios, everyday professionals must understand how these technologies work. By choosing for themselves the ethical practices that guide their decisions, they influence AI companies and the governments that regulate them. 

The book focuses on a pervasive issue: the uncertainty many leaders face from a lack of legal and technical expertise about artificial intelligence. They feel unprepared to tackle pressing AI challenges like privacy, transparency, and combating bias and disinformation. Moral Compass is not simply a book but a tool for public education. It brings the nuances of AI ethics and law into daily professional choices through engaging case studies, emphasizing our shared role as users, stakeholders, and influencers in steering AI’s future. It calls on each professional to use their moral compass to help guide humanity in this pivotal moment in history—the dawn of generative artificial intelligence.

About the Author

Nathan C. Walker is the president of 1791 Delegates and an award-winning instructor of First Amendment and human rights law at Rutgers University, where he teaches the honors seminar “AI Ethics & Law.” He has published five books, including The First Amendment and State Bans on Teachers’ Religious Garb (Routledge), which Kirkus Reviews called “a thorough, magisterial account of a timely and historically important legal debate.” In November 2016, Publishers Weekly listed his book Cultivating Empathy (Skinner House Press) as one of the top “six books for a post-election spiritual detox.” He served as a resident fellow in law and religion at Harvard University and received his doctorate in First Amendment law from Columbia University. Reverend Nate is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister and received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary. He lives in Philadelphia with his husband, Vikram Paralkar. To learn more, visit