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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Assistant: Rosita Scarfo

Hong Qu is an adjunct lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School teaching data visualization skills.  He also serves as research director for The Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence project at the Belfer Center.

Hong was one of the first engineers on YouTube’s startup team building key features such as video sharing, channels and skippable ads. Additionally, he has worked as VP of product for Upworthy and chief technology officer for Fusion Media.

He participated in the Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab's 2019 Assembly program working together with a team of data scientists and civil society leaders to produce AI Blindspot.

He is currently a non-resident fellow at Stanford's Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity investigating the impact of AI on fair lending laws and practices.

He was a visiting Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2013 developing a news gathering software tool for journalists to identify credible sources through social network analysis and natural language processing. 

Hong is a graduate of Wesleyan University and UC Berkeley's School of Information.

For more details about his research, presentations, and other academic activities visit Hong Qu's Harvard Scholars page.

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Outside Professional Activities For Hong Qu

Lenfest Institute for Journalism

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