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AngwinAngwin
Julia
Angwin
The Markup
Bio

Julia Angwin is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor-in-chief of The Markup, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates the impacts of technology on society. Julia was previously a senior reporter at the independent news organization ProPublica, where she led an investigative team that was a Finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2017 and won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2018. From 2000 to 2013, she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she led a privacy investigative team that was a Finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2011 and won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010. In 2003, she was on a team of reporters at The Wall Street Journal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for coverage of corporate corruption. She is also the author of Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance (Times Books, 2014) and Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America (Random House, March 2009). She earned a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.

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March
10
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Algorithms, Accountability, and Journalism
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Constanza-SchockConstanza-Schock
Sasha
Constanza-Schock
Algorithmic Justice League
Bio

Sasha Costanza-Chock (they/them or she/her) is a researcher and designer who works to support community-led processes that build shared power, move towards collective liberation, and advance ecological survival. They are known for their work on networked social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha is a Senior Research Fellow at the Algorithmic Justice League (ajlunited.org) and a Faculty Affiliate with the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. They are the author of two books and numerous journal articles, book chapters, and other research publications. Their new book, Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need, was published by the MIT Press in 2020 and is available open access at https://design-justice.pubpub.org. Sasha is a member of the Steering Committee of the Design Justice Network (designjustice.org).

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March
10
17:00
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The Future Is Up For Grabs
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Panelist
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CriderCrider
Cori
Crider
Foxglove
Bio

Cori, a US lawyer, is the co-founder and Director of Foxglove, a new non-profit that exists to make tech fair for us all. Foxglove investigates, litigates, and advocates for justice in technology. In its early cases, Foxglove has forced disclosure of secret contracts between tech firms and the UK’s National Health Service. It put a stop to the Home Office’s racist ‘visa streaming algorithm’. And it helped make grading fair for UK secondary school students by defeating an algorithm used to assign their grades. Foxglove works across Europe, helping tech workers organise for better conditions. It stands up to the tech giants who exploit our attention for profit. And it is pushing to limit governments’ use of tech to abuse people - at home or abroad. She sits on the Scholars’ Council of UCLA’s Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2) and the Advisory Councils of Data4Change and Clean Up the Internet.

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March
10
17:00
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The Future Is Up For Grabs
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DunnDunn
Alix
Dunn
Founder, Computer Says Maybe
Bio

Alix is the founder and director of Computer Says Maybe, a firm that facilitates inclusive spaces, advises on accountable organisational design, and supports strategy development at the intersection of technology and society. Prior to founding Computer Says Maybe, Alix founded The Engine Room. She is a former fellow at the Carr Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Digital Impact Lab at Stanford University. She sits on advisory boards of Luminate, the Human Rights Initiative at Open Society Foundation, the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court, and Foxglove, and is a trustee of the Ada Lovelace Institute. She is based in Athens and produces The Relay.

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March
10
17:00
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The Future Is Up For Grabs
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GhassemiGhassemi
Marzyeh
Ghassemi
University of Toronto in Computer Science and Medicine & Vector Institute
Bio

Dr. Marzyeh Ghassemi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in Computer Science and Medicine, and a Vector Institute faculty member holding a Canadian CIFAR AI Chair and Canada Research Chair. She will join MIT's IMES/EECS in July 2021. Professor Ghassemi currently serves as a NeurIPS 2019 Workshop Co-Chair, and General Chair for the ACM Conference on Health, Inference and Learning (CHIL). Previously, she was a Visiting Researcher with Alphabet's Verily and a post-doc with Dr. Peter Szolovits at MIT. Prior to her PhD in Computer Science at MIT, Dr. Ghassemi received an MSc. degree in biomedical engineering from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and B.S. degrees in computer science and electrical engineering as a Goldwater Scholar at New Mexico State University. Professor Ghassemi has a well-established academic track record across computer science and clinical venues, including NeurIPS, KDD, AAAI, MLHC, JAMIA, JMIR, JMLR, AMIA-CRI, EMBC, Nature Medicine, Nature Translational Psychiatry, and Critical Care. Her work has been featured in popular press such as MIT News, NVIDIA, Huffington Post. She was also recently named one of MIT Tech Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35.

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March
8
17:00
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Health Inequities, Machine Learning, and the Covid Looking Glass
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GrayGray
Mary L.
Gray
Microsoft Research, Harvard University, and Indiana University
Bio

Mary L. Gray is Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and Faculty Associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. She maintains a faculty position in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering with affiliations in Anthropology and Gender Studies at Indiana University. Mary, an anthropologist and media scholar by training, focuses on how people’s everyday uses of technologies transform labor, identity, and human rights. She earned her PhD in Communication from the University of California at San Diego in 2004, under the direction of Susan Leigh Star. Her books include In Your Face: Stories from the Lives of Queer Youth (1999), Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America (2009), and, most recently, Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass, co-authored with computer scientist Siddharth Suri. Ghost Work chronicles workers’ experiences of on-demand information gig work—from content moderation and data-labeling to telehealth—and their essential role in the global growth of artificial intelligence and platform economies more broadly. The book was named a Financial Times’ Critic’s Pick and awarded the McGannon Center for Communication Research Book Prize in 2019. Mary also chairs the Microsoft Research Ethics Review Program—the only federally-registered institutional review board of its kind in Tech—and she is recognized as a leading expert in the emerging field of AI and ethics. Her research has been covered by publications ranging from The Guardian, El Pais, and The New York Times to Nature, The Economist, and Forbes Magazine. Mary currently sits on several boards, including the California Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R). In 2020, Mary was named a MacArthur Fellow for her contributions to anthropology and the study of technology, digital economies, and society.

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March
8
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Health, Technology and Race
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GürsesGürses
Seda
Gürses
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Bio

Seda Gürses is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Multi-Actor Systems at TU Delft at the Faculty of Technology Policy and Management, an affiliate at the COSIC Group at the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), KU Leuven, and a member of Constant VZW, a Brussels based feminist arts collective. Together with Miriyam Aouragh, Helen Pritchard and Femke Snelting, Seda recently founded The Institute for Technology in the Public Interest. Her work focuses on privacy enhancing and protective optimization technologies (PETs and POTs), privacy engineering, as well as questions around software infrastructures, social justice and political economy as they intersect with computer science.

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March
8
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Health Inequities, Machine Learning, and the Covid Looking Glass
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ImaiImai
Kosuke
Imai
Harvard University
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Kosuke Imai is a professor in the Department of Government and the Department of Statistics at Harvard University. Before moving to Harvard in 2018, Imai taught at Princeton University for 15 years where he was the founding director of the Program in Statistics and Machine Learning. Imai has extensively worked on the development and applications of statistical methods for causal inference with experimental and observational data. He and his collaborators recently conducted and analyzed the first real-world randomized experiment that assesses the impacts of risk assessment scores on judicial decisions in the US criminal justice system.

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March
9
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Causality, Fairness and its Limitations
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KindKind
Carly
Kind
Ada Lovelace Institute
Bio

Carly is the Director of the Ada Lovelace Institute. A human rights lawyer and leading authority on the intersection of technology policy and human rights. Carly has advised industry, government and non-profit organisations on digital rights, privacy and data protection, and corporate accountability in the technology sphere. She has worked with the European Commission, the Council of Europe, numerous UN bodies and a range of civil society organisations. She was formerly Legal Director of Privacy International, an NGO dedicated to promoting data rights and governance.

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March
10
18:00
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Algorithms, Accountability, and Journalism
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Kohler-HausmannKohler-Hausmann
Issa
Kohler-Hausmann
Yale Law School
Bio

Issa Kohler-Hausmann is Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she holds a Ph.D. from New York University in sociology, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her award-winning book Misdemeanorland: Criminal Courts and Social Control in an Age of Broken Windows Policing (Princeton, 2018) is a mixed method multi-year study of New York City’s lower criminal courts in the era of mass misdemeanor arrests. Her current research addresses the methodological and theoretical issues entailed in stating and proving discrimination and equal protection claims. Admitted to practice in New York State, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the Western District of Wisconsin, Kohler-Hausmann maintains an active pro bono legal practice, currently with a concentration in parole release for persons serving life sentences for crimes committed as juveniles.

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March
9
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Causality, Fairness and its Limitations
Keynote
Keynote
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LigettLigett
Katrina
Ligett
Hebrew University
Bio

Katrina Ligett is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she is also a member of the Federmann Center for the Study of Rationality and head of the Internet & Society program. Her work is in algorithms, particularly in data privacy, algorithmic fairness, algorithmic game theory, and online algorithms. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Economics at Caltech (2011-2017), and was a postdoctoral fellow in Computer Science at Cornell University (2009-2011). Katrina received her PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. Katrina is currently serving on the executive board of the ACM Special Interest Group on Economics and Computation (SIGecom), is the program committee chair for FORC 2021, is a co-chair of the program committee for ALT 2021, is a member of a new Simons Foundation Collaboration on Algorithmic Fairness, and serves on the Advisory Board for the OpenDP project.

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March
9
18:00
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In Praise of (Flawed) Mathematical Models
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Panelist
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MardaMarda
Vidushi
Marda
ARTICLE 19
Bio

Vidushi is a lawyer and researcher who investigates the societal implications of artificial intelligence (AI). She currently works as the Senior Programme Officer at ARTICLE 19, where she leads research and engagement on the human rights implications of machine learning. She is also an affiliate researcher at Carnegie India, where she analyses law enforcement use of emerging technologies in India. She is part of the Steering Committee at RealML, and a member of the Expert Group on Governance of Data and AI at United Nations Global Pulse. Her work has been cited by the Supreme Court of India in a seminal ruling on the Right to Privacy, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, among others.

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March
10
17:00
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The Future Is Up For Grabs
Keynote
Keynote
Keynote
MilnerMilner
Yeshimabeit
Milner
Data for Black Lives
Bio

Yeshimabeit Milner is the Founder & Executive Director of Data for Black Lives. She has worked since she was 17 behind the scenes as a movement builder, technologist and data scientist on a number of campaigns. She started Data for Black Lives because for too long she straddled the worlds of data and organizing and was determined to break down the silos to harness the power of data to make change in the lives of Black people. In two years, Data for Black Lives has raised over $3 million, hosted two sold out conferences at the MIT Media Lab and has changed the conversation around big data & technology across the US and globally. As the founder of Data for Black Lives, her work has received much acclaim. Yeshimabeit is an Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellow, an Ashoka Fellow and joins the founders of Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street in the distinguished inaugural class of Roddenberry Foundation Fellows. In 2020, Yeshimabeit was honored as a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur.

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March
8
18:00
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19:00
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Health, Technology and Race
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Panelist
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RajiRaji
Deb
Raji
Mozilla Foundation
Bio

Deborah is a Mozilla fellow, interested in algorithmic auditing. She also works closely with the Algorithmic Justice League initiative to highlight bias in deployed products. She was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 and MIT Tech Review 35 Under 35 Innovators.

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March
8
17:00
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Health Inequities, Machine Learning, and the Covid Looking Glass
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SilvaSilva
Ricardo
Silva
Professor
Bio

Ricardo is a Professor of Statistical Machine Learning and Data Science at the Department of Statistical Science, UCL. He is also a Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, UK. Prior to that, Ricardo got his PhD at Carnegie Mellon University, and worked as research staff at the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit (UCL) and the Statistical Laboratory (University of Cambridge). His work concentrates on machine learning for causal inference, besides other contributions to the graphical modeling literature. Ricardo has served as reviewer, area chair and senior area chair to numerous machine learning conferences, including being Program Co-Chair and Conference Co-Chair for the 2018 and 2019 Conferences on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence, respectively.

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March
9
17:00
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Causality, Fairness and its Limitations
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VenkatasubramanianVenkatasubramanian
Suresh
Venkatasubramanian
University of Utah
Bio

I'm a professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah. My research interests are a random walk through the theoretical and applied aspects of data science, including computational geometry, sublinear algorithms, clustering, and kernel methods. I'm currently very interested in the social ramifications of automated decision making. I'm a founding member of the FAccT conference. I'm also a member of the board at the ACLU of Utah and a member of the Computing Community Consortium Council.

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March
9
18:00
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In Praise of (Flawed) Mathematical Models