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Jeff Ward aims to ensure that emerging technologies ultimately empower and ennoble people.  

Jeff is Associate Dean for Technology & Innovation and Associate Clinical Professor of Law at Duke, where he also serves as Director of the Duke Center on Law & Tech (DCLT). He teaches courses at the intersection of law, ethics, and emerging technologies at both Duke Law and Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. 

The many initiatives of the DCLT include the Access Tech Tools initiative, a collection of tech-development projects—driven by human-centered design principles and grounded in the service of legal clinics—that aim expressly at empowering under-resourced communities and expanding access to legal services, as well as the Duke Law Tech Lab, a pre-accelerator program supporting legal technology entrepreneurs who are dedicated to expanding access to legal services. 

The center of gravity of Jeff’s work is communities of trust. In all of his work on ethical technology development, he focuses on facilitating structures to allow diverse communities of stakeholders to have a voice in their socio-technical futures. Furthermore, all of his work requires that we break down the habitual walls of law and enthusiastically seek inspiration from other communities and disciplines. His work with BKC will focus on the development of data governance practices in the public interest, particularly in arenas where competing needs for protection of data, on the one hand, and productivity of data, on the other, demand more effective stewards of data and methods of trust.