All Affiliates Board Core Team All Affiliates Board Core Team Core Team Gina Neff Gina Neff Executive Director Gina Neff is the Executive Director of the Minderoo Centre for Technology & Democracy at the University of Cambridge and Professor of Technology & Society at the University of Oxford. Her books include Venture Labor (MIT Press 2012), Self-Tracking (MIT Press 2016) and Human-Centered Data Science (MIT Press 2022). Her research focuses on the effects of the rapid expansion of our digital information environment on workers and workplaces and in our everyday lives. Professor Neff holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University and advises international organisations including UNESCO, the OECD and the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. She chairs the International Scientific Committee of the UK’s Trusted Autonomous Systems programme and is a member of the Strategic Advisory Network for the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council. Her academic research has won both engineering and social sciences awards. She also led the team that won the 2021 Webby for the best educational website on the Internet, for the A to Z of AI, which has reached over a million people in 17 different languages. Core Team Julia Rone Julia Rone Research Associate Julia Rone has spent the last decade doing research on politics and the utopias and dystopias of digital media. Before joining the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, she was a Wiener-Anspach postdoctoral researcher for the project “Conflicts of Sovereignty in a European Union in crisis” at the Université libre de Bruxelles and the University of Cambridge. She focused in particular on sovereignty conflicts around Brexit and free trade agreements such as CETA and TTIP. Julia holds a PhD in social and political science from the European University Institute in Florence and an MSc degree from the Oxford Internet Institute, which she pursued thanks to a Dulverton scholarship. She has taught at the University of Sofia, the University of Florence and the University of Dusseldorf, and since 2019 has also been supervising BA students in Cambridge. Core Team Louise Hickman Louise Hickman Senior Research Associate Louise Hickman’s academic work focuses on the automation of accessibility for disabled people, as well as on questions of social justice and processes of exclusion that are driven by the politics of austerity. She uses an interdisciplinary lens, drawing on critical disability studies, feminist labour studies, and science and technology studies to consider the historical conditions of access work and the ways access is co-produced through human labour, technological systems, and economic models and conditions. Louise previously worked as a senior research officer for the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science and for the Ada Lovelace Institute’s JUST-AI Network on Data and AI Ethics. She continues to co-convene the JUST AI’s working group on rights, access and refusal. An academic, artist and activist, she earned her PhD in Communication from the University of California, San Diego in 2018, and held a postdoctoral position in the Feminist Labor Lab at UC San Diego. Core Team Hugo Leal Hugo Leal Research Associate Hugo is a Research Associate at the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy. Hugo first came to the University of Cambridge to CRASSH, to work as a postdoctoral fellow in the internet branch of the project Conspiracy and Democracy and then moved to Cambridge Digital Humanities (CDH) where he was a methods fellow and coordinator of the Cambridge Data Schools. Previously, Hugo was at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, where he completed his PhD. He also holds a Masters in International Relations from the University of Lisbon with a dissertation on complexity theory and new social movements. Hugo is a CDH Associate and a member of the Steering Committee of the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Research Centre, the Association of Internet Researchers and the Centre of Social Movement Studies (COSMOS) Core Team Hunter Vaughan Hunter Vaughan Senior Research Associate Hunter Vaughan is an environmental media scholar and cultural historian focusing on the relationship between screen media technologies and infrastructures, social justice, democratic agency, and the environment. He is currently Co-PI on the “Sustainability and the Subsea Telecommunication Cable Network” research project funded by the Internet Society Foundation, and Co-PI and Co-Director of the AHRC-funded Global Green Media Network. Dr. Vaughan was a 2017 Rachel Carson Center Fellow and is co-founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Media (Intellect Press), and Co-Director of the Environmental Media Lab. His most recent book, Hollywood’s Dirtiest Secret: the Hidden Environmental Costs of the Movies (Columbia University Press, 2019) offers an environmental counter-narrative to the history of mainstream film culture and explores the environmental ramifications of the recent transition to digital technologies and practices. Core Team Irene Galandra Cooper Irene Galandra Cooper Research Project Administrator Irene is the Research Project Administrator for the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy. Before coming to the Centre, Irene was a post-doc at CRASSH as part of the ERC-funded project Genius Before Romanticism. She completed her doctorate as a member of the ERC-funded project Domestic Devotions: the Place of Piety in the Italian Renaissance Home, 1400-1600 at the University of Cambridge. Previous to her PhD, Irene worked for the Wallace Collection, Christie’s, the National Gallery in London, and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Core Team Jeremy Hughes Jeremy Hughes Communications Co-ordinator Jeremy joined the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy as the Communications Co-ordinator in March 2021. Previously, he was a Senior Political Communications Consultant at PoliticsHome, part of Dods Parliamentary Communications. Jeremy has an MLitt Masters degree in Art History from the University of St Andrews and a BA (Hons) in History and Politics from the University of Sussex. Affiliates Jennifer Cobbe Jennifer Cobbe Affiliate Dr Jennifer Cobbe is a Senior Research Associate and Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge, where she is part of the Compliant and Accountable Systems research group. She is also a member of the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Centre and a Research Affiliate of the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy. She holds a PhD in Law and an LLM in Law and Governance from Queen’s University, Belfast. Jennifer is generally interested in critical interdisciplinary work on questions of power, political economy, and the law around digital technologies, online platforms, and automation. Her research looks at the law’s relationship with and responses to new technologies and technological development; the socio-political power of tech companies, their business models, ideological underpinnings, and the structural conditions they produce; and socio-technical and organisational mechanisms for improving legal compliance and accountability of complex systems. Affiliates Mar Hicks Mar Hicks Affiliate Mar Hicks is an author, historian, and professor doing research on the history of computing, labor, technology, and queer science and technology studies. Their research focuses on how gender and sexuality bring hidden technological dynamics to light, and how the experiences of women and LGBTQIA people change the core narratives of the history of computing in unexpected ways. Hicks’s multiple award-winning book, Programmed Inequality (MIT Press, 2017), looks at how the British lost their early lead in computing by discarding women computer workers, and what this cautionary tale tells us about current issues in high tech. Their new work looks at resistance and queerness in the history of technology. Hicks is also co-editor of the book Your Computer Is On Fire (MIT Press, 2021), a volume of essays about how we can begin to fix our broken high tech infrastructures. Affiliates Mallika Balakrishnan Mallika Balakrishnan Affiliate Mallika Balakrishnan is the Digital Organiser at Migrants Organise, an award-winning grassroots platform for migrant justice in the UK. She also organises, researches, and campaigns with No Tech For Tyrants, a student-centred collective working to sever the links between higher education and violent technology. Mallika’s academic work sits at the intersection of political philosophy, technology, and human rights, and Latin America. A 2019-2021 Marshall Scholar, Mallika holds an MLitt in Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy from the University of St Andrews & the University of Stirling, where her work investigated human rights and power in the Global South, as well as an MPhil in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge, where her research explored concepts of democracy in Latin America. She received a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Agnes Scott College. Affiliates Alina Utrata Alina Utrata Affiliate Alina Utrata is a PhD Candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and a 2020 Gates Scholar. S he received her MA in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice from Queen’s University Belfast as a 2017 Marshall Scholar, where she researched how new technologies were impacting policing and the nature of state control in Northern Ireland. She received her BA from Stanford University in History and the Law with a minor in Human Rights and honors in Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. Affiliates Evani Radiya-Dixit Evani Radiya-Dixit Visiting Fellow Evani Radiya-Dixit is a Visiting Researcher at the Minderoo Centre for Technology & Democracy at the University of Cambridge and a 2021 Rotary Scholar. Advised by Professor Gina Neff, Evani conducts research on policymaking for facial recognition technology. Evani completed her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. Previously, she worked on machine learning projects at Nvidia and Google. Her research work has been published at the International Conference on Machine Learning, the Stanford Public Interest Technology Lab, and the think tank New America. With her interest in public service, Evani recently worked at the U.S. federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and served as a data privacy strategist for a California City Council. She also served as a Teaching Assistant for Computer Science courses and taught in Bogotá through Stanford CS Bridge. Evani is passionate about diversity and gender justice and enjoys creative writing and Raas Indian dance. Board John Naughton John Naughton Chair of the Advisory Board By background a systems engineer, John is an historian of the Internet whose main research interests lie in the network’s impact on society. At CRASSH, he is co-director (with Sir Richard Evans and Professor David Runciman) of a five-year research project on Conspiracy and Democracy (2013–2018) and is co-director (with David Runciman) of a two-year research project on Technology and Democracy (2014–2017). He has written extensively on technology and its role in society, and is the author of a well-known history of the Internet – A Brief History of the Future (Phoenix, 2000). His most recent book, From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: what you really need to know about the Internet, is published by Quercus. Board Steven Connor Steven Connor Advisory Board Steven Connor is the Director of CRASSH, Grace 2 Professor of English in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. He came to Cambridge in 2012, having been Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Birkbeck College, London and, from 2003 to 2012, Director of the London Consortium Graduate Programme in Humanities and Cultural Studies, a collaboration between Birkbeck and cultural institutions in the capital, including Tate, the British Film Institute, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Architectural Association and the Science Museum. He is a writer, critic and broadcaster, who has published 25 books and edited collections, on a wide range of topics, including Dickens, Beckett, Joyce, value, ventriloquism, skin, flies and the imagination of air. His most recent books are Living By Numbers: In Defence of Quantity (London: Reaktion/Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), Dream Machines (London: Open Humanities Press, 2017), The Madness of Knowledge: On Wisdom, Ignorance and Fantasies of Knowing (London: Reaktion/Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019) and Giving Way: Thoughts on Unappreciated Dispositions (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2019). He has recently completed The Force of Petition, a book about begging, praying, wooing, suing, wishing and other forms of belligerent debility, and is currently writing about the idea of seriousness. Please visit stevenconnor.com for a full list of publications, along with the texts of unpublished essays, broadcasts and lectures. Board Sheila Hayman Sheila Hayman Advisory Board Sheila Hayman is a BAFTA and BAFTA Fulbright winning documentary filmmaker, and Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab. She’s currently working on a film on Artificial Intelligence and its implications. In 2010 her film ‘Mendelssohn, The Nazis and Me’ was nominated for the Grierson Award as Best Arts Documentary, in 2012 she wrote, produced and directed a multilingual miniseries about the Enlightenment which was seen by 150m people, and in 2014 she wrote and produced a major drama-documentary about the Targa Florio road race in Sicily. Board Julia Powles Julia Powles Advisory Board Julia Powles is Associate Professor of Law and Technology and Director of the Minderoo Tech & Policy Lab at The University of Western Australia. Scientifically trained and experienced in national and international policymaking, Julia’s research focuses on civic and rights-based responses to emerging technologies. She is an expert in privacy, intellectual property, internet governance, and the law and politics of data, automation, and artificial intelligence. Julia is known for her work on data protection law and, in particular, citizens’ rights to correction and explanation, as well as her detailed investigations of Google affiliates DeepMind and Sidewalk Labs and their incursions into health, cities, and governance. Prior to joining UWA, Julia held appointments at New York University, Cornell Tech, the University of Cambridge, The Guardian, and the World Intellectual Property Organization. She also balanced her academic role with 12 months as inaugural CEO, Frontier Technology at Minderoo Foundation. Julia studied genetics, biophysics, and law in Australia and received her BCL from Oxford and PhD from Cambridge. In addition to her academic publications, Julia’s writing can be found in the Financial Times, New Yorker, Guardian, One Zero, Wired, and Slate. Board Richard Danbury Richard Danbury Advisory Board Richard Danbury is an academic lawyer, a journalist and a former practicing barrister. He directs the MA in investigative journalism at City University, London. He practised — briefly — as a criminal barrister before joining the BBC, where he worked for about a decade, based in News and Current Affairs, and specialising in interviews and investigations. He spent extended periods on programmes such as Newsnight and Panorama and the investigative documentary series Rough Justice. His last staff job was Deputy Editor of the 2010 BBC Prime Ministerial Debate. While at the BBC, he was part of teams that won two Royal Television Society Awards and a New York Festivals medal. He then went freelance, and has worked for Channel 4, Sky and ITN, producing interviews with just about every leader of a main UK political party since 2000, and has worked on TV coverage of the past five general elections. He has also coordinated Channel 4’s investigative journalism training scheme for the past six years, and has been the BBC’s Advanced Legal Trainer for the past nine years. He is a member of the Scott Trust Review Panel, the organisation that deals with editorial complaints in relation to the Guardian’s content. Board David Runciman David Runciman Advisory Board David Runciman is Professor of Politics at Cambridge, a Contributing Editor of the London Review of Books and hosts the podcast Talking Politics. He was co-director of the Technology and Democracy project that ran at CRASSH some years ago and is the founding Director of the Centre for the Future of Democracy in the Bennett Institute. He has written extensively on democracy — most recently in How Democracy Ends and is currently working on a book derived from his recent series of online talks, The History of Ideas. Board Diane Coyle Diane Coyle Advisory Board Diane Coyle is the inaugural Bennett Professor of Public Policy at Cambridge. She co-directs the Bennett Institute where she heads research under the themes of progress and productivity, and has been a government adviser on economic policy, including throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Her latest book, Markets, State and People – Economics for Public Policy examines how societies reach decisions about the use and allocation of economic resources. Diane is also a Director of the Productivity Institute, a Fellow of the Office for National Statistics, an expert adviser to the National Infrastructure Commission, and Senior Independent Member of the ESRC Council. She has served in public service roles including as Vice Chair of the BBC Trust and as a member of: the Competition Commission; the Migration Advisory Committee; and the Natural Capital Committee. Diane was Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester until March 2018 and was awarded a CBE for her contribution to the public understanding of economics in the 2018 New Year Honours.