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AI and COVID-19 Advisory Group

Advisory Group Members

Solon Barocas, Ph.D.

Solon Barocas is a Principal Researcher in the New York City lab of Microsoft Research and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University. He is also a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. His research explores ethical and policy issues in artificial intelligence, particularly fairness in machine learning, methods for bringing accountability to automated decision-making, and the privacy implications of inference. Dr. Barocas co-founded the annual workshop on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency in Machine Learning (FAT/ML) and later established the ACM conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT). He was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research and Princeton University and he completed his PhD at New York University.

Kadija Ferryman, Ph.D.

Kadija Ferryman is a cultural anthropologist whose research centers on the social, ethical, cultural, and policy dimensions of digital health technology. Specifically, her research examines how genomics, digital medical records, and artificial intelligence impact racial disparities in health. Dr. Ferryman is Industry Assistant Professor at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering, where she has redesigned the ethics and technology core course. Before her training as an anthropologist, Ferryman was a policy researcher at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. She is an affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute and the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies. She also serves on the institutional review board for the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program. Dr. Ferryman received her BA in Anthropology from Yale University and her PhD in Anthropology from the New School for Social Research.

Noreen Herzfeld, Ph.D.

Noreen Herzfeld is the Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professor of Science and Religion at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict.  Dr. Herzfeld is also a research associate at ZRS Koper, Slovenia, and the Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa. She holds degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Theology from The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Dr. Herzfeld is the author of In Our Image:  Artificial Intelligence and the Human Spirit (Fortress, 2002), Technology and Religion: Remaining Human in a Co-created World (Templeton, 2009), The Limits of Perfection in Technology, Religion, and Science (Pandora, 2010) and editor of Religion and the New Technologies (MDPI, 2017). She is a co-founder and writer for the Avon Hills Salon

Camara Phyllis Jones, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Camara Phyllis Jones is President of the American Public Health Association and Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high-quality health care but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism). Dr. Jones was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health from 1994 to 2000, and a Medical Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2000 to 2014. She received her BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College, her MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and both her Master of Public Health and her PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She also completed residency training in both General Preventive Medicine (Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health) and Family Practice (Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Hospital).

Dan Kracov, J.D.

Dan Kracov is a partner and co-chair of Arnold & Porter’s Life Sciences and Healthcare Regulatory practice, which was recently named the top Healthcare practice in the country by Law360. For decades, he has been one of the foremost Food and Drug Administration lawyers in the country, and his expertise in critical regulatory matters has been widely recognized by Chambers, the Legal TimesBest Lawyers in America, and other publications. A particular focus of his practice is assisting pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, digital health, and diagnostic companies, including start-up companies, trade associations, and large manufacturers, negotiating challenges relating to the development, clearance/approval, and marketing of FDA-regulated products. Mr. Kracov also has extensive experience in FDA public policy matters.

Mark Latonero, Ph.D.

Mark Latonero is a Senior Researcher at Data & Society focused on human rights. He is a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and a research fellow at both 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 several reports on the impact of data-centric and automated technologies in human trafficking, exploitation, and forced migration. In addition to producing action-orientated research, he engages with businesses, governments, international organizations, civil society, and academics to shape policy and practice. 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.

David Robinson, J.D.

David Robinson is a Visiting Scientist at the AI Policy and Practice Initiative at Cornell University's College of Computing and Information Science. He is also co-founder and Managing Director of Upturn, a nonprofit that advances equity and justice in the design, governance, and use of digital technology, and a co-director of the MacArthur Foundation's Pretrial Risk Management Project. His research spans law, policy, and computer science. While working at Upturn, he designed and taught a Georgetown Law seminar course on Governing Automated Decisions. David served as the inaugural Associate Director of Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy. Mr. Robinson holds a JD from Yale and studied philosophy at Princeton and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes scholar.

Dietram A. Scheufele, Ph.D.

Dietram A. Scheufele is the Taylor-Bascom Chair in Science Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research. His research focuses on public attitudes and policy dynamics surrounding emerging science. He is an elected member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the International Communication Association, and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. His consulting experience includes work for DeepMind, Porter Novelli, PBS, WHO, and the World Bank. Dr. Scheufele currently co-chairs the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication Research and Practice, and serves on NASEM's Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Advisory Committee, the Board on Health Sciences Policy, and the Division on Earth and Life Studies (DELS) Advisory Committee. Since 2012, he has co-organized four NASEM Colloquia on the Science of Science Communication.

He earned a PhD in Mass Communications with a minor in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jeramie Scott, J.D.

Jeramie Scott is Senior Counsel at EPIC and Director of the EPIC Domestic Surveillance Project. His work focuses on the privacy issues implicated by domestic surveillance programs with a particular focus on drones, cybersecurity, biometrics, and social media monitoring. Mr. Scott regularly litigates open government cases and cases arising under the Administrative Procedure Act. He is also a co-editor of "Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions” and the author of the essay “Social Media and Government Surveillance: The Case for Better Privacy Protections of Our Newest Public Space.” Mr. Scott is regularly quoted by the media on emerging privacy issues. Before joining EPIC, Mr. Scott graduated from the New York University Law School where he was part of the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program. His work at the Brennan Center focused on civil liberty issues arising from local law enforcement surveillance. He also served as a research assistant for Professor Ira Rubinstein, focusing on the role of privacy-enhancing technologies in alleviating consumer privacy issues. Mr. Scott holds a BS in Symbolic Systems and a MA in Philosophy, both from Stanford University. He is a member of the bar of DC and New York State.

Daniel Weitzner, J.D.

Daniel Weitzner is Founding Director of the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative, Principal Research Scientist at CSAIL, and teaches Internet public policy in MIT’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. Dr. Weitzner’s research pioneered the development of Accountable Systems to enable computational treatment of legal rules. He was United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy in the White House where he led initiatives on privacy, cybersecurity, copyright, and digital trade policies promoting the free flow of information. He was responsible for the Obama Administration's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and the OECD Internet Policymaking Principles. 

Dr. Weitzner has been a leader in Internet public policy from its inception, making fundamental contributions to the successful fight for strong online free expression protection in the United States Supreme Court, and for laws that control government surveillance of email and web browsing data. He has a law degree from Buffalo Law School and a BA in Philosophy from Swarthmore College. 

He is a founder of the Center for Democracy and Technology, led the World Wide Web Consortium’s public policy activities, and was Deputy Policy Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, recipient of the International Association of Privacy Professionals Leadership Award (2013), the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award (2016), a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund.