Mark Latonero leads the Human Rights program at Data & Society – a nonprofit research institute in New York City that is focused on the social issues arising from data-centric and automated technologies. He is a fellow at University of California Berkeley, University of Southern California, and Leiden University. Previously he was a research professor and research director at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School where he led the Technology and Human Trafficking Initiative.
Dr. Latonero is an expert on the social impact of emerging technology in human rights and humanitarian contexts. He conducts research that examines the benefits, risks, and harms of digital technologies particularly where vulnerable populations are concerned. His recent report, Governing Artificial Intelligence: Upholding Human Rights & Dignity, argues that international human rights should serve to guide AI development and impact.
He has published on a number of topics such as the role of networked technologies and data analytics in migration and refugee contexts. He has led field research in a dozen countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Greece, Haiti, Italy, Pakistan, Philippines, and Sri Lanka. Project support has been provided by the Open Society Foundations, Microsoft, USAID, and UNICEF among others. Latonero completed his PhD at the University of Southern California and was a postdoctoral scholar at the London School of Economics.