Brandie Martin Nonnecke is Research & Development Manager for CITRIS, UC Berkeley and Director of the CITRIS Tech for Social Good Program. She is a Fellow at the World Economic Forum where she serves on the Council on the Future of the Digital Economy and Society.
Brandie researches human rights at the intersection of law, policy, and emerging technologies. Her current research is primarily focused on the benefits and risks of AI-enabled decision-making, including issues of fairness, accountability, and appropriate governance structures. She has published research on algorithmic-based decision-making for public service provision in the urban context and outlined recommendations for how to better ensure application of AI to support equity and fairness.
She also investigates how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can support civic participation, improve governance and accountability, and foster economic and social development. In this capacity, she designs and deploys participatory evaluation platforms that utilize statistical models and collaborative filtering to tap into collective intelligence and reveal novel insights (See Tech Dev Projects), including the California Report Card launched in collaboration with the Office of California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and the DevCAFE system launched in Mexico, Uganda, and the Philippines to enable participatory evaluation of the effectiveness of development interventions. Her research on the impacts of collaborative filtering for development program evaluation received the 2015 IEEE Global Humanitarian Tech Best Paper Award and was featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She is also researching ethics of biometric-based digital identity systems and recently published a piece highlighting the risks of digital ID systems for refugees.
Brandie received her Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the College of Communications at The Pennsylvania State University where she also served as Research Fellow for the Institute for Information Policy. Her dissertation research evaluated the role of the East Africa Internet Governance Forum in influencing ICT policy harmonization within the East African Community (published in Telecommunications Policy). She holds an MS degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Technology and Social Change from Iowa State University.
In 2007, Brandie helped found Establish & Grow, a university-wide student service-learning project at Iowa State University. Establish & Grow aims to foster student service-learning projects that focus their efforts on addressing nutritional needs and providing nutrition education and agricultural skills development to malnourished mothers and children in Kamuli District, Uganda.