Mark Latonero, PhD

Mark Latonero is the Research Lead for Human Rights and AI at the Data & Society Research Institute - an independent think tank in New York City. He is a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center, and USC’s Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership & Policy. Previously he was a research director and research professor at USC where he led the Technology and Human Trafficking Initiative. He has also served as Innovation Consultant for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

He works on the social and policy implications of emerging technology and examines the benefits, risks, and harms of digital technologies, particularly in human rights and humanitarian contexts. He has published a number of reports on the impact of data-centric and automated technologies in human trafficking, labor exploitation, and forced migration. Recent reports include: Governing Artificial Intelligence: Upholding Human Rights and Dignity, Refugee Connectivity: A Survey of Mobile Phones, Mental Health, and Privacy at a Syrian Refugee Camp in Greece; and Digital Identity in the Migration and Refugee Context: Italy Case Study. 

In addition to producing action-orientated research, he engages with businesses, governments, international organizations, civil society, and academics to shape policy, practice, and ideas. He has led field research in over 12 countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Greece, Haiti, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Serbia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Research projects have been supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Municipality of The Hague, Open Society Foundations, Humanity United, USAID, UNICEF, and Microsoft, among others. A frequent public speaker at conferences and workshops, Dr. Latonero publishes in academic journals such as Computer Mediated CommunicationInformation Communication & Society, and Crisis Response and Management. His writing has appeared in venues such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, and Harvard Business Review; and his work has been covered by The Associated Press, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBS Radio, CNN, Fast Company, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, and The New York Times. 

Mark completed his PhD at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and was a postdoctoral scholar at the London School of Economics.

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