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May 3, 2017

Introducing the 2017-2018 class of Data & Society fellows


Data & Society is delighted to announce its fourth class of fellows. We will welcome the new group to our Manhattan offices in September 2017.

The group’s dynamic range of experience and expertise spans art, investigative journalism, computer science, law, the history of science and technology, privacy studies, and more. Fellows will pursue individual projects, support one another’s explorations, contribute to core research projects, elaborate on the work of our first three classes, and share fresh insights from their work with our staff and the public.

Hosting a variety of practitioners and academics–data scientists and engineers, lawyers and librarians, ethnographers and creators, historians and activists–our Fellowship Program supports Data & Society’s crucial ongoing field-building work at the intersection of data-centric technology and society.

Marianna Bastashevski is an artist, writer, researcher, and visiting fellow at Yale Information Society Project. Her work deals with global trade and international commerce, industrial labor, surveillance industry, networks of power. [Twitter]

Taeyoon Choi is an artist, educator, and activist based in New York and Seoul. His art practice involves performance, electronics, drawings, and installations that form the basis for storytelling in public spaces. He co-founded the School for Poetic Computation where he continues to organize sessions and teach classes. [website/Twitter]

Claudia Haupt is a resident fellow with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She previously taught at Columbia Law School and George Washington University Law School. Prior to that, she clerked at the Regional Court of Appeals of Cologne and practiced law at the Cologne office of the law firm of Graf von Westphalen, with a focus on information technology law. [Twitter]

Bex Hurwitz is a co-founder of Research Action Design, a worker owned cooperative that uses community-led research, collaborative design of technology and media, and secure digital strategies to build the power of grassroots social movements. Prior to RAD, Bex was the Codesign Facilitator and Community Organizer with the MIT Center for Civic Media (2012-2014). Bex holds a B.S. in Comparative Media Studies from MIT and an M.S. in Information Management and Systems from the UC Berkeley iSchool. [Twitter]

Matthew L. Jones studies the history of science and technology, focused on early modern Europe and on recent information technologies. He is completing a book on computing and state surveillance of communications, and is working on a historical and ethnographic account of big data, its relation to statistics and machine learning, and its growth as a fundamental new form of technical expertise in commercial, intelligence, and scientific research. [Twitter]

Annmarie Levins worked for more than 19 years in Microsoft’s Corporate & Legal Affairs department. Most recently she served as General Manager for Microsoft’s Technology & Civic Engagement Group, focusing on issues at the intersection of technology, law, and policy. She plans to use her time as a Fellow at Data & Society to continuing working on civic tech issues.[Twitter]

Jeanna Matthews is an associate professor of computer science at Clarkson University, where she does research in computer security and leads hands-on computing laboratories including the Clarkson Open Source Institute. [Twitter]

Darakhshan Mir is a Jane Griffith Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Bucknell University, working on issues of data privacy. Prior to that, she was the Norma Wilentz Hess Fellow at Wellesley College and earned her PhD in Computer Science at Rutgers University. Her research consists of examining questions about privacy in algorithmic, information-theoretic, and more recently, in social contexts. She enjoys challenging herself and her students to think more deeply about our “nerd privileges” and question our “unbridled technological optimism”. [Twitter]

The 2017-2018 class will be rounded out by our incoming Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow (call for applications here); stay tuned for those announcements!