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Meg Young

DLI Postdoctoral Fellow

Meg Young is a newly appointed Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell Tech's Digital Life Initiative. Her work applies ethnographic and design methods to understand government use of information technologies on-the-ground, with a focus on how to make proprietary systems more accountable to the public. Her current project examines government procurement of automated decision systems. Meg's work to date reports on fieldwork with public agencies, advocates, and activists on data governance, surveillance, privacy, open records, data ownership, public-private partnerships, public engagement, and data trusts. This work has been published in ACM FACCT*, Big Data & Society, CHI, Ethics & Information Technology, and the Berkeley Technology and Law Journal. She is the co-founder of the Critical Platform Studies Group, a non-profit that partners with civil rights groups to pursue algorithmic accountability through participatory design. Meg will be completing her doctorate in the Information School at the University of Washington in July 2020. She was previously a Research Associate at Jesus College at the University of Cambridge, and has an MSc in Information Science and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan.

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