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Alexandra Wood is a Berkman Center fellow contributing to the Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data project. Her research involves exploring new and existing legal and regulatory frameworks for data privacy and developing legal instruments to facilitate the sharing and use of research data while preserving privacy, transparency, and accountability.

Previously, Alexandra served as a legal fellow assisting with the technology, telecommunications, and intellectual property portfolio of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. As a law student, she worked with the Center for Democracy & Technology and the Electronic Privacy Information Center on privacy projects addressing emerging electronic surveillance, facial recognition, and mobile payments technologies. She was also a 2010 Google Policy Fellow with the Future of Music Coalition.

Alexandra holds a law degree from George Washington University Law School, a master's degree in public policy from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor's degree in economics from Reed College. When not in Cambridge, she plays drums for a retro soul and rock 'n roll band in Washington, DC.


Projects & Tools

Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data

This project seeks to further the tremendous value that can come from collecting, analyzing, and sharing data while more fully protecting individual privacy. More


Publications

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018

Bridging the Gap between Computer Science and Legal Approaches to Privacy

A look at the gaps that exist between how privacy risks are conceptualized between the fields of law and computer science More

Friday, Aug 3, 2018

A Harm-Reduction Framework for Algorithmic Fairness

In this article, we recognize the profound effects that algorithmic decision-making can have on people's lives and propose a harm-reduction framework for algorithmic fairness… More

Monday, Mar 12, 2018

Practical Approaches to Big Data Privacy Over Time

This article analyzes how privacy risks multiply as large quantities of personal data are collected over longer periods of time. More

Monday, Sep 26, 2016

Privacy and Open Data Research Briefing

This research briefing offers a snapshot of recent developments in the open data and privacy landscape, outlines an action map of various governance approaches to protecting… More

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Towards a Modern Approach to Privacy-Aware Government Data Releases

Governments are under increasing pressure to promote transparency, accountability, and innovation by making the data they hold available to the public. Because the data often… More

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016

Elements of a New Ethical Framework for Big Data Research

The Berkman Center is pleased to announce the publication of a new paper from the Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data project team. In this paper, Effy Vayena, Urs Gasser,… More

Friday, Mar 27, 2015

Integrating Approaches to Privacy Across the Research Lifecycle: When Is Information Purely Public?

This workshop report, the second in a series, identifies selected questions and explores issues around the meaning of “public” in the context of using data about individuals for… More

Sunday, Aug 3, 2014

Integrating Approaches to Privacy across the Research Lifecycle: Long-term Longitudinal Studies

This paper explores interdisciplinary approaches to privacy in long-term longitudinal studies of human subjects. Long-term longitudinal studies collect, at multiple points over a… More


News

The Boston Globe
Friday, Jun 15, 2018

What Facebook can learn from academia about protecting privacy

The death of privacy is not inevitable. More


Events

Nov 10, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Bridging the gap between computer science and legal approaches to privacy

with Kobbi Nissim and Alexandra Wood

Can lawyers and computer scientists bridge their very different notions of privacy? More