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Past Events

The Inclusive Workforce: Strategies to Enhance the Future of Public Sector Work 

When: Wed., Sept. 9, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm PT




Elana Zeide, PULSE Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Law & Policy, UCLA

Saurabh Sanghvi, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Scott Mauvais, Microsoft, Director of AI and Global Partnerships, Microsoft Philanthropies



Brandie Nonnecke, Director, CITRIS Policy Lab


About the Panel

While a strong body of research has emerged on the ways emerging technologies, especially artificial intelligence (AI), will disrupt private sector work, less attention has been given to understanding these effects on public sector work and workers. Yet these technologies are increasingly being deployed in the public sector to address growing workload demands, shortage of workers, and budget constraints.


In collaboration with Microsoft, the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute will host a CITRIS Research Exchange panel to explore the effects of emerging technologies, like machine learning-powered decision systems and robotic process automation, within three public service sectors: education, social services, and law enforcement. Panelists will explore priority strategies to better ensure implementation of emerging technologies not only contribute to greater efficiency and effectiveness, but also equity. The CITRIS Policy Lab will also release its white paper on the effects of emerging technologies on public sector work and priority technology and policy recommendations.

The New Jim Code? Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life

When: Thurs., Oct. 17, 2019 |

3:00 – 4:00 pm Book Signing & Reception, Kvamme Atrium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

4:00 – 5:30 pm Presentation, Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley


From everyday apps to complex algorithms, technology has the potential to hide, speed, and even deepen discrimination, while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to racist practices of a previous era. In this talk, Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, presents the concept of the “New Jim Code” to explore a range of discriminatory designs that encode inequity.


About the Speaker 

Ruha Benjamin is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, founder of the JUST DATA Lab, and author of Race After TechnologyAbolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (Polity 2019) and editor of Captivating Technology: Reimagining Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life (Duke 2019) among many other publications. Dr. Benjamin’s work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Institute for Advanced Study and, in 2017, she received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton.



This event is sponsored by CSTMS.
Additional sponsorship comes from: The CITRIS Policy LabHaas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

The Future of 5G for California: Ensuring Equitable Access

When: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Where: Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley




Ernesto Falcon, Legislative Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Heba Gamal, Senior Director, Market Expansion & Growth, Common

Shireen Santosham, Chief Innovation Officer, San Jose Mayor’s Office of Technology & Innovation



Brandie Nonnecke, Director, CITRIS Policy Lab


About the Panel
5G wireless networks hold great potential, enabling unprecedented advancements in linking robots, cars, and other sensor-enabled technologies and infrastructure to revolutionize cities. While the future of smart cities may bring gains in sustainability, mobility, and economic opportunity, ensuring these benefits are felt by all community members remains a significant challenge. Our panel explores emerging trends in 5G and provides recommended strategies to better ensure equitable deployments.

Digital Equity: The Social and Human Rights Impacts of AI in Mexico

Equidad Digital: Los efectos de la inteligencia artificial en los ámbitos sociales y de los derechos humanos en México

When: Thurs., August 29, 2019 | 9:00 – 6:00 pm

Where: Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Estado de México, Mexico City



Artificial intelligence (AI) holds great potential to benefit society, enabling greater efficiency, equity, and reach. But, utilization of biased training data and ill-considered algorithms can undermine social gains by perpetuating and reinforcing social injustices. While AI-enabled systems have been shown to have these negative effects, it is important to also consider how AI and intelligent tools can be applied to power some of the most innovative solutions to society’s most pressing challenges — from democratic engagement to humanitarian aid and digital inclusion. 


This workshop brings together leading practitioners and scholars to discuss the social and human rights impacts of AI-enabled systems in the Mexico-U.S. context and to support the development of interdisciplinary research and capacity building.


This material is based upon work supported by a grant from the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS) and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia de Mexico (CONACYT).

AI, Human Dignity & Inclusive Societies: Protecting Vulnerable Populations & Inclusion of Minority Groups

United Nations ITU AI for Good Global Summit 

When: May 28-31, 2019

Where: Conference Centre Geneva (CICG), Geneva, Switzerland


Hosted in collaboration with UNICEF and the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford, the CITRIS Policy Lab will convene a 90-minute session during the UN ITU AI for Good Global Summit on May 29 from 11:00 – 12:30 pm. Building on SDG 10 (reduce inequality within and among countries) and SDG 5 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) this session focuses on equal protection, non-discrimination, and gender and racial diversity with respect to design and deployment of AI for public and private applications.

The Future of 5G for California: A Briefing for the California Legislature

When: Fri., May 10, 2019 | 10:15 – 12:00 pm

Where: California State Capitol


On Fri., May 10, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group hosted a briefing for the California Legislature on the future of 5G in California. Brandie Nonnecke, Director of the CITRIS Policy Lab at UC Berkeley, was joined by experts from Verizon, Nokia, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the City of San Jose to discuss new strategies for 5G deployment and the social and economic impacts of 5G for the State of California.

6th Bi-Annual Privacy Research Symposium

When: Thurs., May 9, 2019 | 3:00-5:00 pm

Where: UC Berkeley Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Wildavsky Conference Room, 2538 Channing Way

Registration: 6th Bi-Annual Privacy Research Symposium 

Questions? Please contact Naniette Coleman ( with any questions or concerns.


The Interdisciplinary Research Group on Privacy (IRGP) will be hosting its 6th Bi-Annual Privacy Research Symposium on May 9th from 3 – 5 pm. The symposium provides a venue for undergraduate and graduate student affiliates to present research and projects on topics relating to privacy, surveillance, and cybersecurity. This semester, students participated in research projects on a range of topics, including airport privacy, state privacy laws, blockchain, search engine privacy, privacy in higher education, and post-mortem privacy. Come join us as we celebrate and encourage these burgeoning scholars and learn about their work this semester!

Students will be presenting their research projects in an electronic poster session. Attendees are free to come and go any time during the symposium. Food and beverages will be served!

50 Years of Surveillance Law in America

When: Wed., April 3 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Where: 310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley



Cyrus [suh-ROOS] Farivar is an Investigative Tech Reporter at NBC News, and is also an author and radio producer.


His second book, Habeas Data, about the legal cases over the last 50 years that have had an outsized impact on surveillance and privacy law in America, is due out May 8, 2018 from Melville House.


About the Series


Launched in 2008, the CITRIS Research Exchange delivers fresh perspectives on information technology and society from distinguished academic, industry, and civic leaders. Join us this spring to celebrate 10 years of innovative ideas and dialogue.


Learn more about CITRIS and the Banatao Institute at the University of California.

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism with Safiya Umoja Noble

When: Wed., March 20, 2019 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Where: 310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

Registration opens at 10 am on March 10:


Co-hosted by the CITRIS Policy Lab and the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), Safiya Umoja Noble will present insights from her recent best-selling book Algorithms of Oppression where she challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Data discrimination is a real social problem. Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number of Internet search engines, leads to a biased set of search algorithms that privilege whiteness and discriminate against people of color, specifically women of color- and contributes to our understanding of how racism is created, maintained, and disseminated in the 21st century.


More about the BCNM History and Theory of New Media Lecture Series

Putting AI to Work: Technology and Policy for Enabling the Workforce of the Future

When: Sept. 25, 2018

Where: 310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

Video | White Paper


Co-hosted by CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and Microsoft, “Putting AI to Work” brought together leading scholars, practitioners, industry representatives, and community organizations to discuss the pace and extent of the effects of AI on the future of work in relation to aging and disability. Panelists considered a range of issues regarding workforce, technology and design trends for target populations, and policy questions for a new era of automated and adaptive workplaces. Jennifer Granholm, Former Governor of the state of Michigan, and Joshua Miele, Associate Director of Technology Research and Development at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, provided keynote remarks.

Women in Tech: The Future of AI

When: Fri., March 8, 2019 | 11:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering UC Berkeley



Hosted by the Women in Technology Initiative at the University of California, this year’s symposium will highlight the experiences of women in AI and explore our collective future with representatives from established companies, startups, academia, and the public sector.


The event will also feature the Women in Tech Initiative Athena Awards recognizing those who have championed the advancement of women in technology. This year’s winners were recently announced.


The symposium is open to everyone, encouraging a broader audience to join the conversation. Attendees will have the opportunity to share experiences, establish new connections, and collectively champion the advancement of women in technology.


More about the Women in Tech Initiative

IoT & Sustainability: Practice, Policy And Promise Public Symposium

When: May 12, 2016

Where: 310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

Video | White Paper


Co-hosted by CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and Microsoft, “IoT & Sustainability: Practice, Policy and Promise” brought together leaders from academia, industry, and government to discuss the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) for managing energy, water, and transportation in the urban environment. The symposium highlighted emerging technologies for smarter cities; raised questions regarding privacy and security; and identified issues pertaining to data collection, storage, and interoperability. Tom Siebel, Chairman and CEO of C3IoT, and Melanie Nutter, Principal at Nutter Consulting, provided keynote remarks.

Inclusive AI: Technology and Policy for a Diverse Urban Future

When: May 10, 2017

Where: 310 Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

Video | White Paper


Co-hosted by CITRIS and the Banatao Institute and Microsoft, “Inclusive AI: Technology and Policy for a Diverse Urban Future” brought together leaders from academia, industry, and government to explore the benefits and risks of AI on cultural, social, political, and economic inclusion in the urban context. Fei-Fei Li, Professor and Director of the Stanford AI Lab; Brian Christian, Author of The Most Human Human; and Ryan Calo, Professor and Director of the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, provided keynote remarks.