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Announcing the 2018 Assembly Cohort

At the Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab


We are thrilled to announce the 2018 cohort for the Assembly program at the Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab. The program, which will start its second iteration on January 22, 2018, gathers developers, project managers, academics, and tech industry professionals for a rigorous spring term to tackle hard problems at the intersection of code and policy. The program will be split into three parts: a two week design and team building session, a course co-taught by MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito and BKC co-founder and HLS professor Jonathan Zittrain on the ethics of artificial intelligence, and a twelve-week collaborative development period.

Our 2018 cohort is made up of twenty-one participants with diverse backgrounds and experiences representing the private sector, academia, and civil society organizations. Their task? To work on the emerging problems and opportunities within artificial intelligence and its governance.

Below you can see who makes up our 2018 cohort! For more information about the program, visit the Assembly website. To see the cohort's full profiles, you can go directly to their profiles on the 2018 cohort page.

 

DHAVAL ADJODAH
Ph.D student at the MIT Media Lab researching AI, computational social science and finance
ANDRÉ BARRENCE
Director of Campus São Paulo and leads Google for Entrepreneurs in Brazil
HALLIE BENJAMIN
Product and Policy Testing Senior Strategist at Google
KASIA CHMIELINSKI
Technologist at the White House U.S. Digital Service
JACK CLARK
Strategy and Communications Director of OpenAI
JENNIFER FERNICK
Ph.D candidate in Mathematics (Computer Science – Quantum Information) at the University of Waterloo
GRETCHEN GREENE
Computer Vision Scientist and Machine Learning Engineer working with Cambridge startups
SARAH HOLLAND
Public Policy Manager at Google
AHMED HOSNY
Data Scientist, Web Developer and Researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School
JOSH JOSEPH
CSO of Alpha Features
THOM MIANO
Research Data Scientist in the Center for Data Science at RTI International
SARAH NEWMAN
Creative Researcher at metaLAB at Harvard, and Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard
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DANIEL PEDRAZA
Data Strategist at UNICEF
JONNIE PENN
Google Technology Policy Fellow, and Rausing, Williamson and Lipton Trust doctoral scholar at the University of Cambridge
KATHY PHAM
Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard
AARON PLASEK
Richard Hofstadter Fellow and History Doctoral Student at Columbia University
BOGDANA RAKOVA
Researcher Engineer at Samsung Research America and Connected Devices fellow at Amplified Partners
DAVID COLBY REED
Co-founder and CEO of Foossa and Lecturer in Design, Management, and Social innovation at the Parsons School of Design at the New School

MATT TAYLOR
Software Engineer for the Scratch Team, a project part of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab

AMY X. ZHANG
Ph.D. student in Computer Science at MIT CSAIL working on systems to improve discourse, collaboration, and understanding on the web>

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