Mark Latonero

Research Lead, Data & Human Rights

Mark Latonero is the Research Lead for Human Rights at Data & Society. He is a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center, and USC’s Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership & Policy. Previously he was a research director and research professor at USC where he led the Technology and Human Trafficking Initiative. He has also served as the Innovation Consultant for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Dr. Latonero works on the social and policy implications of emerging technology and examines the benefits, risks, and harms of digital technologies, particularly in human rights and humanitarian contexts. He has published a number of reports on the impact of data-centric and automated technologies in human trafficking, exploitation, and forced migration. Recent reports include: Governing Artificial Intelligence: Upholding Human Rights & Dignity and Refugee Connectivity: A Survey of Mobile Phones, Mental Health, and Privacy at a Syrian Refugee Camp in Greece (with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative). In addition to producing action-orientated research, he engages with businesses, governments, international organizations, civil society, and academics to shape policy and practice.

He has led field research in over 12 countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Greece, Haiti, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Serbia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Research projects have been supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Municipality of The Hague, Open Society Foundations, Humanity United, USAID, UNICEF, and Microsoft, among others.

A frequent public speaker at conferences and workshops, Dr. Latonero publishes in academic journals such as Computer Mediated CommunicationInformation Communication & Society, and Crisis Response and Management. In addition, he publishes in venues such as The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, and Harvard Business Review; his work has been covered by The Associated Press, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBS Radio, CNN, Fast Company, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, and The New York Times.

Dr. Latonero completed his PhD at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and was a postdoctoral research scholar at the London School of Economics.




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Related Events

  • 03.25.19  |  EmTech Digital

  • 04.27.18  |  2018 International Workshop on Privacy Engineering

  • 11.28.17  |  Tech/Law Colloquium

  • 03.31.17  |  Private Sector and Data Responsibility: Helping Refugees in a Digital Age

  • 03.30.17  |  Fighting for Freedom: The Search for Weapons and Warriors to End Slavery in Supply Chains

  • 03.07.17  |  Technology and Human Rights Symposium

  • 03.03.17  |  International Data Responsibility Group Conference 2017

  • 02.24.17  |  2017 Annual Workshop of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub

  • 02.23.17  |  Big Data and Artificial Intelligence: The Human Rights Dimension for Business

  • 12.16.16  |  Cities for All: Integration, Innovation, Investment

  • 12.13.16  |  Technology and Refugee Integration

  • 10.05.16  |  AoIR 2016: Internet Rules!

  • 09.26.16  |  Bridging the Digital Divide

  • 05.12.16  |  Databite No. 80: Paula Kift + Mark Latonero

  • 02.19.16  |  Second annual International Data Responsibility Conference

  • 01.29.16  |  Machine Eatable with Mark Latonero

  • 01.15.16  |  Responsible Data Forum: Data Visualization

  • 01.14.16  |  Databite No. 65: Catherine D’Ignazio + Mushon Zer-Aviv

  • 11.19.15  |  Responsible Use of Open Data in Government and the Private Sector

  • 10.01.15  |  Databite No. 54: John Crowley

  • 08.28.15  |  DataKind Lunch Talk with Mark Latonero

  • 07.31.15  |  GovLab Ideas Lunch: Data-Driven Tensions in Human Rights

  • 07.06.15  |  Big Data for Peace Summer School 2015

  • 06.02.15  |  Data on Purpose: Creating Social Change with Data

  • 05.08.15  |  Workshop on ICT4D Principle 8: Address Privacy & Security in Development Programs

  • 04.28.15  |  Critical Systems Talk: Data, Human Security & Human Rights: Data-Driven Interventions in Human Trafficking

  • 01.15.15  |  Science & Human Rights Coalition Meeting: Big Data & Human Rights

  • 08.24.14  |  Data Ethics: KDD 2014 Workshop

  • 07.24.14  |  Responsible Data Forum: Private Sector Data Sharing

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