Meg Leta Jones
Meg Leta Jones is an Associate Professor in the Communication, Culture & Technology Department at Georgetown University where she researches rules and technological change with a focus on privacy, memory, innovation, and automation in digital information and computing technologies. She is also a faculty fellow in the Georgetown Ethics Lab, core faculty member of the Science, Technology, and International Affairs program in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, and an affiliate faculty member at the Institute for Technology Law & Policy in the Georgetown Law Center, and visiting affiliate faculty at the Brussels Privacy Hub at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Meg holds a Ph.D. in Technology, Media, and Society from the University of Colorado’s School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and a J.D. from the University of Illinois. Her research covers comparative information and communication technology law, critical data/information/internet/algorithm studies, and the legal history of technology. Her first book, Ctrl+Z: The Right to be Forgotten, is about the social, legal, and technical issues surrounding digital oblivion. Her next book project, The Character of Consent: How Cookies Broke The Internet, tells the transatlantic history of digital consent through a familiar technical object. More details about her work can be found at MegLeta.com
Meera Kolluri is a former Program Assistant at Ethics Lab and current Fritz Fellow, where she conducts surveillance technology research, design justice reflection and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives for academic and professional institutions. Kolluri is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Communication, Culture and Technology at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Georgetown University. Her academic focus lies at the intersection of technology policy, communication and social justice. Her current projects assess methods and consequences of monetizing the human body through the use of technology.
Joyce Yang is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service, planning on majoring in Science, Technology and International Affairs. She is from Northern Virginia and her proximity to DC growing up gave her many opportunities to learn about and engage with advocacy and public service. Her proseminar, “Ethical Challenges in Literature and in Life,” with Professor Albert Pierce helped her cultivate a passion for ethics and social impact that she hopes to bring into the research she will be doing. Through MURFs, she is working with Professor Joshi to map gender disparities within academia in India. On campus, she is a layout designer for Bossier Magazine, hosts a radio show with Georgetown Radio, and volunteers with the Hypothermia Outreach Team.
Lindsey Barrett is a Fritz Family Fellow at the Institute for Technology Law & Policy at Georgetown Law, where she conducts research on privacy law and policy with a cross-disciplinary focus. Before becoming a Fritz Family Fellow, she represented nonprofits in technology policy matters before federal agencies as a staff attorney and teaching fellow at Georgetown Law's Communications & Technology Law Clinic. Her scholarship on consumer privacy and the Fourth Amendment has been published in a number of law journals, including the Seattle Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Georgetown Law Technology Review, which she co-founded, while her other writing has been featured in popular publications like Slate, Fast Company, and Techdirt. She received her B.A. from Duke with honors, and both an LLM in Advocacy with distinction and her law degree from Georgetown.
Mark Hanin is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Ethics Lab, where he works on ethical and policy implications of emerging digital technologies, digital privacy, and the value of attention in the digital age. He is helping to integrate ethics into Georgetown’s computer science curriculum as part of the Responsible Computer Science Challenge grant from the Mozilla Foundation. He has also participated in a project on the ethics of data sharing funded by the Sloan Foundation. Hanin has wider research interests in metaethics and theories of rights as well as art criticism. He comes to Ethics Lab after serving as a law clerk on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Hanin earned his M.Phil. in Political Thought & Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge, his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Law Faculty at Cambridge, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.
Alums of the Lab
Jenny Lee is a Ph.D student at the Annenberg School of Communication University of Pennsylvania, previously a Master's student in the Communication, Culture & Technology program. Her current research interests focus on the intersection between data monopoly power and individual resistance, particularly on the socioeconomic influences and controls on marginalized communities of people by big tech. She is also a Trader Joe's, public transit, and college basketball enthusiast.
Kevin Ackermann is a Research Assistant at Data & Society, previously a Master’s student in the Communication, Culture & Technology program at Georgetown. He’s interested in almost all facets of sociotechnical internet analysis, but currently he's digging into digital content moderation and the history of computer networks. Only 30 years late to the party, his BBS should be coming online soon.
Fiona Singer is a Privacy & Civil Liberties Engineer at Palantir, previously in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where she concentrated on the overlap of foreign policy and technology. During her time at Georgetown, she performed extensive work on disinformation on big tech platforms, as well as conducted her own independent research about internet privacy by interviewing privacy experts in six countries, across four different continents (funded by the Circumnavigators Grant).
Catherine's work focused on voter privacy. For her CCT thesis, she compared voter privacy across a series of Western countries discovering all sorts of interesting cultural phenomenon around the civic ritual. Today, she works at Super Connector Media in New York.
Ellen is currently working on a PhD in Informatics at Indiana University and Ph.D. minor in Sexuality Studies at the Kinsey Institute, one of the foremost research institutions for sex, gender and reproduction. While at CCT, Ellen's researched consent, intimacy, and artificial intelligence, analyzing the apps and forums associated with robot sex dolls. She also co-authored "AI and the Ethics of Automating Consent," 16: 3 IEEE Security & Privacy (with Elizabeth Edenberg and Meg Leta Jones, 64-72 (2018).
Natalie is a Privacy & Civil Liberties Engineer at Palantir. While pursuing her degree in Science, Technology, and International Affair at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, Natalie analyzed a series of internet of things devices for her honors thesis and coauthored "Can (and Should) Hello Barbie Keep a Secret?," IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology (with Meg Leta Jones, 2016).
Sienna Tompkins is a second year MSFS candidate at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Her research interests are focused on comparative approaches to internet and emerging technology policy, human rights in the global technology sector and sustainable business practices. She is currently a Policy Fellow at the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder platform advocating for digital rights. She previously worked at APCO Worldwide, a global communications and advocacy consultancy, and has a B.A. in Chinese Studies from Cambridge University.