Research Philosophy

Our work aims to do two things: Mitigate/disrupt/eliminate/slow down harms caused by AI technology, and cultivate spaces to accelerate imagination and creation of new technologies and tools to build a better future.


Data for Change

We use quantitative and qualitative methodologies to equip historically marginalized groups with data to advocate for change. See below for some of our projects.

Impacts of Spatial Apartheid

Raesetje Sefala, Dylan Baker, Nyalleng Moorosi, Timnit Gebru

Analyzing the impacts of South African apartheid using computer vision techniques and satellite imagery. Read our NeurIPS paper and check out our dataset and visualizations (coming soon).

Anti-Racist Protests

Alex Hanna, Nathan Kim

Analyzing the history of Black protests in the US and Canada using machine learning methods. Read our papers on Sociological Science and Mobilization to learn more.

Exploited Workers Fueling AI

Adrienne Williams, Milagros Miceli, Krystal Kauffman, Adio-Adet Dinika, Alex Hanna

Showing the extent to which vulnerable populations like refugees are both exploited laborers fueling “AI” systems and those most harmed by them. Read our papers and articles to learn more.

Social Media Harms

Meron Estefanos, Asmelash Teka, Dylan Baker, Alex Hanna, Timnit Gebru, Nuredin Ali

Creating natural language processing tools, and using qualitative methods to analyze the impacts of social media platforms on neglected countries and languages (more soon).

Latest Publications

We publish interdisciplinary work uncovering and mitigating the harms of current AI systems, and research, tools and frameworks for the technological future we should build instead.