Platforms and the Right to Information — Speakers

Lisa Austin is the Chair of Law and Technology and a professor in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. Austin is a Faculty Affiliate at the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society where she also serves as an Associate Director (currently on leave). Austin was previously a co-founder of the IT3 Lab at the University of Toronto, which engaged in interdisciplinary research on privacy and transparency. Her research focuses on legal theory as well as law and technology. Austin’s extensive privacy work has been cited numerous times by Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. In 2017, Austin received a President’s Impact Award from the University of Toronto. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Rebooting Social Media.

Elettra Bietti, an expert on the regulation of digital technologies, data and digital platform intermediaries, joined the Northeastern faculty in 2023 as assistant professor of law and computer science within the School of Law and the Khoury College of Computer Sciences. Professor Bietti was previously a joint fellow at the Information Law Institute at NYU and the Digital Life Initiative at Cornell Tech in New York.

Professor Bietti holds an SJD and LLM from Harvard Law School, an LLB from University College London and a Postgraduate Diploma in IP Law and Practice from Oxford University. She is a faculty associate with the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and is an affiliated fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.  

Delara Derakhshani is Director of Policy for the Data Transfer Initiative (DTI), a non-profit dedicated to empowering individuals by enabling effective data transfers. Before joining DTI, she advised on privacy, e-commerce, and accessibility issues in Meta’s Reality Labs division. Prior to Meta, Delara provided legal and policy counsel to major video game publishers and console manufacturers at the Entertainment Software Association and led the telecommunications and tech advocacy efforts at Consumer Reports. Delara has testified before Congress on privacy and technology and has appeared on several national and international media outlets. She received her JD from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and her BA in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience from the University of Virginia.

Jeffrey Hall is a Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Rebooting Social Media. He studies how to elevate positive online experiences through meaningful social interaction and relationships.

Aziz Z. Huq is a scholar of US and comparative constitutional law. His recent work concerns democratic backsliding and the regulation of AI. His award-winning scholarship is published in several books and in leading law, social science, and political science journals. He also writes for Politico, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and many other non-specialist publications. In 2015, he received the Graduating Students Award for Teaching Excellence. He has an active pro bono practice, and is on the board of the American Constitution Society, the Seminary Coop, the New Press, and the ACLU of Illinois.

Before joining the Law School faculty, Professor Huq was counsel and then director of the Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Project, litigating cases in both the US Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court. As a Senior Consultant Analyst for the International Crisis Group, he researched and wrote on constitutional design and implementation in Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. He was a law clerk for Judge Robert D. Sack of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Lauren Klein is Winship Distinguished Research Professor and Associate Professor in the departments of Quantitative Theory & Methods and English at Emory University, where she also directs the Digital Humanities Lab. Lauren works at the intersection of data science, AI, and the humanities, with an emphasis on questions of gender and race. She is coauthor (with Catherine D’Ignazio) of the award-winning Data Feminism (MIT Press, 2020), and coeditor (with Matthew K. Gold) of Debates in the Digital Humanities (Univ. of Minnesota Press), among other publications. She is currently completing Data by Design: An Interactive History of Data Visualization, forthcoming from the MIT Press, and envisioning the Atlanta Interdisciplinary AI Network, which launched in Fall 2023.

David Lie received his BASc from the University of Toronto in 1998, and his MS and PhD from Stanford University in 2001 and 2004. He is currently Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Secure and Reliable Systems. He also holds appointments in the Department of Computer Science, the Faculty of Law and is a research lead with the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society, an Associate Director at the Data Sciences Institute, a Vector Faculty Affiliate and a Senior Massey College Fellow.  He is known for his seminal work on the XOM architecture, which was an early precursor to modern trusted execution processor architectures such as ARM Trustzone and Intel SGX.  He was the recipient of a best paper award at SOSP for this work. He developed the PScout Android Permission mapping tool, whose datasets have been downloaded over 10,000 times and used in dozens of subsequent papers. David has served on various program committees including OSDI, Usenix Security, IEEE Security & Privacy, NDSS and CCS. David’s research interests are broadly focused in the areas or privacy and cybersecurity.

Ulises A. Mejias is professor of Communication Studies at SUNY Oswego, recipient of the 2023 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and a Fulbright Specialist from 2021 to 2025. His new book, co-authored with Nick Couldry, is “Data Grab: The New Colonialism of Big Tech and How to Fight Back” (Penguin Random House). Dr. Mejias is co-founder of Tierra Común, a network of activists, educators and scholars working towards the decolonization of data (tierracomun.net), and he also serves on the board of Humanities New York, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Gabriel Nicholas is a Research Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology and a Non-Resident Fellow at the NYU School of Law Information Law Institute. His research focuses on AI governance, data sharing, and content moderation. Gabriel is a software engineer by training and has a Masters in Information Management and Systems from the UC Berkeley School of Information. His written work has appeared in academic journals, law reviews, and media outlets, including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Slate.

Becca Ricks (she/her) is a researcher-programmer-artist exploring critical approaches to the design of AI/ML systems. She is the Head of Open Source Research & Investigations at Mozilla Foundation, where she leads a digital investigations lab studying how people interact with platform algorithms. In her work, Becca explores how users of tech platforms engage in forms of resistance to exercise control in the face of power asymmetries. Prior to Mozilla, Becca was an Open Web Fellow at Human Rights Watch and worked as a software developer in the tech industry. She was recognized as one of 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics in 2021. Becca is a founding member of tendernet, an art collective exploring critical design practices in AI. She holds a master’s degree from NYU-ITP.

Hilary Ross serves as a special projects advisor at GNI. She is a program consultant, primarily advising public interest technology policy organizations. She is interested in the governance of emerging technologies, transparency as a tool for accountability, freedom of expression, privacy and security, information integrity, and the future of news. Previously, she worked in industry on data transparency and on staff at the Berkman Klein Center, where she maintains an affiliation. Additionally, she’s been a fellow with the Federation of American Scientists Day One Project, the State of the Net Conference, and the Fulbright teaching program. Hilary holds an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, with a specialization in technology policy and international communication.

Swati Srivastava is Associate Professor of Political Science at Purdue University and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Rebooting Social Media. She is the author of Hybrid Sovereignty in World Politics (Cambridge University Press 2022) and numerous articles in top political science journals, including International Organization, International Studies QuarterlyInternational Studies ReviewPerspectives on Politics, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Relations.

Her research has received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Andrew Mellon Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, and International Studies Association. Srivastava’s specific research interests concern private power in global governance, especially public-private relations between governments, corporations, and NGOs. She has also contributed to research on international responsibility, including corporate responsibility and structural justice, social construction, and historical methods. Her latest research evaluates the political power and responsibility of Big Tech companies and tracks regulation in an international comparative context.