Brandie Nonnecke, PhD is Founding Director of the CITRIS Policy Lab at UC Berkeley, which supports interdisciplinary tech policy research and engagement in the interest of society. She served as a fellow at the Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub and at the World Economic Forum on the Council on the Future of the Digital Economy and Society. She was named a 2018 RightsCon Young Leader in Human Rights in Tech and received the 2019 Emerging Scholar Award at the 15th Intl. Common Ground Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society. Her research has been featured in Wired, NPR, BBC News, MIT Technology Review, PC Mag, Buzzfeed News, Fortune, Mashable, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Brandie has expertise in information and communication technology (ICT) policy and internet governance. She studies human rights at the intersection of law, policy, and emerging technologies with her current work focusing on issues of fairness and accountability in AI. She has published research on computational propaganda tactics targeting contentious political issues before an election; algorithmic-based decision-making for public service provision in the urban context; how AI can enhance and augment human labor, especially for aging populations and individuals with disabilities; and outlined recommendations for how to better ensure applications of AI 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, 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 evaluation received the 2015 IEEE Global Humanitarian Tech Best Paper Award and was featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Brandie completed a postdoc at UC Berkeley under the supervision of Dr. Camille Crittenden and Prof. Ken Goldberg. She received her PhD in Mass Communications from the College of Communications at Penn State where she also served as Research Fellow for the Institute for Information Policy. Her dissertation research investigated 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.