Technology is a lot of power. When our kids look at how we used it, we should not say “oops! We didn’t know any better at the time.”

I’m a PhD student in the Clinical Decision Making Group (MEDG) at MIT CSAIL. I’m supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

I’m currently working on my PhD thesis. It is in its early stages, but the goal is to examine what it means to “do” AI Ethics. I’m very interested in whether we are actually helping people, because although good intentions are important… they’re not sufficient.

Last summer, I worked with fellow graduate students to co-author a petition demanding our department do a lot more to address systemic racism. We have done a lot of organizing since then, achieving department-level wins (e.g. a full-time Diversity Officer for EECS, more student involvement in faculty hiring, transparency in admission stats shared with the community, regular town halls and progress reports, etc) and institute-wide (transitional funding for graduate students in unhealthy advising situations). Still a lot more work to be done, but you gotta appreciate the wins you can get (and take care of each other), because the work can be exhausting.

I am currently interning at the ACLU of Massachusetts’s Tech for Liberty program, working on police surveillance (we don’t like it), hybrid in-person/online public meetings (we do like it), and other projects. Previous internships have included:

Something I could be doing better at? Is it too awkward to mention to me in-person? Let me know anonymously!

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