Kate Crawford

Kate Crawford is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City, a Visiting Professor at MIT's Center for Civic Media, and a Senior Fellow at NYU's Information Law Institute. Her research addresses the social implications of large scale data, machine learning and AI. Recent publications address the topics of data discrimination, social impacts of artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and due process, ethical review for data science, and algorithmic accountability.

In July 2016, she was the co-chair of the White House symposium AI Now: The Social and Economic Implication of AI in the Near-Term. The symposium addressed artificial intelligence across four domains: labor, health, social inequality and ethics. You can watch the talks and read the primers here: https://artificialintelligencenow.com.

Kate is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on AI and Robotics, as well as the UN Thematic Network on Data for Development. She is co-PI of the NSF-funded Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society, and she is on the editorial boards of several journals including Big Data & Society, Social Media & Society, and Fibreculture. For her work on big data and ethics, Kate was named a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio fellow in 2013.

Apart from the academic stuff, Kate has also written for The Atlantic, The New York Times and The New Inquiry. More on that below.

You can email kate [at] katecrawford [dot] net. Or try @katecrawford on Twitter. If you're so inclined, here's a PGP Key.

Artificial Intelligence's White Guy Problem

Kate's New York Times piece on artificial intelligence, bias and the need for diversity

'More Awesome Than Money,' by Jim Dwyer

Kate Crawford in The New York Times on Jim Dwyer's new book on Diaspora, idealism and technology.

When Fitbit Is The Expert Witness

Wearable device data is now being used in courtrooms. Kate Crawford article considering the ramifications in The Atlantic.

The Anxieties of Big Data

Here's a recent essay by Kate for The New Inquiry on the twin anxieties of the surveillers and the surveilled (aka "From Squeaky Dolphin to Normcore").

Reporting Abuse Online is Broken

The Atlantic reports on recent research paper by Kate Crawford and Tarleton Gillespie, "What is a Flag For? Social Media Reporting Tools and the Vocabulary of Complaint" (New Media & Society, 2014).

Who Shapes the News You Read?

NiemanLab article by Mike Annanny and Kate Crawford on research into news app design and how software engineers are shaping contemporary news.