Science and Technology Studies Toolkit: A Guide for Handling Mis- and Disinformation

Science and Technology Studies Toolkit: A Guide for Handling Mis- and Disinformation

Few contemporary problems can be addressed by reference to a single discipline. Misinformation a critical issue of our time is no different. Join us for a conversation between Center for an Informed Public co-founder Ryan Calo, AI for the People founder and CEO Mutale Nkonde, Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center Director Mark McKenna, and Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab Director Elizabeth Renieris on the importance of interdisciplinary teams to understanding and resisting misinformation.

Ryan Calo

Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Professor, University of Washington School of Law

Ryan Calo is the Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Professor at the University of Washington School of Law. He is a founding co-director, with Batya Friedman and Tadayoshi Kohno, of the interdisciplinary UW Tech Policy Lab and, with Chris Coward, Emma Spiro, Kate Starbird, and Jevin West, the UW Center for an Informed Public. Calo holds adjunct appointments at the University of Washington Information School and the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering.

Calo’s research on law and emerging technology appears in leading law reviews (California Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, UCLA Law Review, and Columbia Law Review) and technical publications (MIT Press, Nature, Artificial Intelligence) and is frequently referenced by the national media. His work has been translated into at least four languages. Calo has testified three times before the United States Senate and has organized events on behalf of the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and the White House during the Obama Administration. He has been a speaker at the President Obama’s Frontiers Conference, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and NPR’s Weekend in Washington. Full bio here.

Mutale Nkonde

CEO, AI for the People

Mutale Nkonde is an artificial intelligence policy analyst and founding CEO of AI for the People, a nonprofit creative agency that seeks to use journalism, television, music, and film to challenge the narratives around the assumed social neutrality of machine learning technologies. She is also the CEO and founder of Opps Management LLC, a management consulting agency that works with companies and nonprofits to help them reach their diversity and inclusion goals.

Mark McKenna '97 (Moderator)

John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law; Founding Director, Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center

Mark P. McKenna ’97 is the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law at the Notre Dame Law School and the Director of the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center. His research focuses on intellectual property and privacy law, with a particular focus on the ways different regulatory regimes interact with each other. He has published more than 50 articles in leading journals and was the author or co-author of five of the ten most-cited articles in his field during the period of a recent study.  

Professor McKenna joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty on a permanent basis in the Fall of 2008 after visiting for a semester in the Spring of 2008. He has also been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, and the Turin University-WIPO Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Program. Before entering the academy in 2003, Professor McKenna practiced with the intellectual property firm of Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson, where he litigated trademark and copyright cases and advised clients on a variety of intellectual property matters. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia School of Law.  

Elizabeth M. Renieris (Co-Moderator)

Professor of the Practice; Founding Director, Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab

Elizabeth M. Renieris is the Founding Director of the Notre Dame-IBM Technology Ethics Lab, the applied research and development arm of the University of Notre Dame’s Technology Ethics Center, where she helps develop and oversee projects to promote human values in technology.

She is also a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a Practitioner Fellow at Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab, and an Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

Elizabeth’s work is focused on cross-border data governance, as well as the ethical challenges and human rights implications of digital identity, blockchain, and other new and advanced technologies.

As the Founder & CEO of HACKYLAWYER, a consultancy focused on law and policy engineering, Elizabeth has advised the World Bank, the U.K. Parliament, the European Commission, and a variety of international organizations and NGOs on these subjects. She’s also working on a forthcoming book about the future of data governance through MIT Press.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics, a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College.

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