CAMBRIDGE, MA—The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy announced 15 new resident and visiting fellows, an inaugural cohort that will conduct focused research projects on the intersection of new technologies, artificial intelligence, and human rights. The fellows have a wide range of experience in creating policies and structural change through the use of data collection, artificial technology development, and new technologies.

“The Technology and Human Rights Fellows will build our new initiative on Technology, Data and the Future of Life,” said Mathias Risse, the Carr Center’s Faculty Director. “Each Technology and Human Rights Fellow will conduct research, contribute to our monthly colloquiums, and participate in Carr Center programming around how new technologies, data, and AI will have long-term impacts on human rights.”

The 2019 Technology and Human Rights Fellows and their projects are:

  • Fatima Alam, Researcher on Trust and Safety at Google - Content Moderation and Human Rights 
  • Neal Cohen, Director of Privacy at Onfido - How to Ethically Build and Use AI to Verify Identity
  • Jessica Dheere, Executive Director, SMEX - Towards Human Rights-Respecting Digital Developments in the Arab Region
  • Alix Dunn, Director, Computer Says Maybe - Inclusive and Creative Methods to Incorporate Views of Diverse Publics into AI Deployment
  • Linda Eggert, Doctoral candidate, University of Oxford, Department of Politics and International Relations - Ethics of Autonomised Harming on Roads and Battlefields
  • Brittan Heller, Founder of the Center for Digital Civil Rights - The Human Rights Implications of Applying New Content Moderation Systems, Enabled by AI, to Emerging Media
  • Teresa Y. Hodge, President and CEO, R3 Score Technologies - The urgent need for accurate and transparent criminal background check data in the era of artificial intelligence
  • Mark Latonero, Research Lead, Data & Human Rights, Data & Society - How international human rights serve as a normative framework to guide and govern AI research, development, and deployment
  • Laurin Leonard, President and Executive Director, Mission: Launch - The urgent need for accurate and transparent criminal background check data in the era of artificial intelligence
  • Sabelo Mhlambi, Fellow, Berkman Klein Center - Machine Learning for Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Desmond Patton, Associate Professor, Columbia University - Role of Emerging Technologies in Criminal Justice Reform 
  • Filippo Raso, Law Clerk, Privacy and Cyber Security, Hogan Lovells - Contemplating legal approaches to enhancing democratic norms in the digital era
  • Tina Kempin Reuter, Director of Institute for Human Rights, University of Alabama at Birmingham - Human Rights and the Smart City
  • Niousha Roshani, CrossCheck Global Project Manager for First Draft - Global BlackYouth in Digital Worlds
  • Kate Vredenburgh, PhD Philosophy, Harvard University - Right to Explanation of Automated Decision Making

“New technologies and emerging awareness have given us the tools, and the hope, that real change and an evolution toward increased rights is possible,” said Carr Center Executive Director Sushma Raman. “The Technology and Human Rights Fellows will develop Carr Center’s critical research on how these technologies can spur the human rights movement forward.” The Carr Center will be working in collaboration with the The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society throughout the fellowship term.

About the Carr Center’s Technology, AI and Future of Life Initiative

Carr Center’s Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Future of Life Initiative examines how technological advances over the next several decades will affect the future of human life, as well as the protections provided by the human rights framework. The initiative includes conferences, study groups, talks, working papers, and research for books and other publications. Technological innovations currently under way and on the horizon will raise ethical and policy considerations and dilemmas and will have impact on a range of human activities, as well as the human body and mind. Carr Center’s Initiative focuses on the ways in which we can develop and harness these new technologies to ensure human rights.


About the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

The Carr Center's mission is to realize global justice through theory, policy, and practice. The Center brings together theorists, policymakers, and practitioners in a vital mission: to enhance global justice. For more information on the Carr Center’s fellowship program, including a full list of former fellows, visit: To learn more about our Artificial Intelligence and Technology Fellows cohort, visit:


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