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Sarah Myers West

Sarah @ ainowinstitute.org | @sarahbmyers

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ABOUT

Dr. Sarah Myers West has over a decade of experience critically examining the political economy of the tech industry. Her award-winning research and writing blends social science, policy, and historical methods to address the intersection of technology, labor, antitrust, and platform accountability. Her forthcoming book, Tracing Code (University of California Press), draws on years of historical and social scientific research to examine the origins of data capitalism and commercial surveillance. 

Her writing is published in journals including Social Studies of Science, New Media & Society, the International Journal of Communication, Policy & Internet and Business and Society, and her research is featured in the Wall Street Journal, PBS, CBS, the Associated Press, and Motherboard, among others.

Dr. West is the Managing Director of the AI Now Institute and a Visiting Research Scientist at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University. She recently served a term as a Senior Advisor on AI at the Federal Trade Commission. She holds Doctoral and Masters Degrees in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, and a Masters in Public Diplomacy from Annenberg and the Dornsife School of International Relations. She is also a graduate of the University of Virginia's Media Studies program. 

Short Bio: 

Dr. Sarah Myers West is the Managing Director of the AI Now Institute and recently served a term as a Senior Advisor on AI at the Federal Trade Commission. She holds a decade of policy and research experience in the political economy of the tech industry, and her forthcoming book Tracing Code (University of California Press) examines the origins of commercial surveillance. 

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RECENT WORK

FEATURED IN

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TALKS

AUTOMATED DECISIONMAKING SYSTEMS

PrivacyCon 2022, Federal Trade Commission, Nov. 2022

LABOR LAW AND AI

The Race to Regulate AI, Oxford University, June 2022

THE USE OF AI IN HR

Oxford Internet Institute, Nov. 2021

DISCRIMINATING SYSTEMS

National Science Policy Network Annual Symposium, Nov. 2020

Indiana Informatics Colloquium Series, University of Indiana, Sept. 2020

Gender Equality Academy Series, European Union Horizon 2020, July 2020

Ethics and Technological Futures Lecture Series, Georgia Tech, Feb. 2020

The Humanistic Dimensions of Artificial Intelligence Lecture Series, Carleton College, Jan. 2020

Feminist and Accessible Publishing and Communications Technologies Speaker and Workshop Series, McGill University, Sept. 2019

Equity, Diversity and Data Science in Genomics Workshop, National Human Genome Research Institute, Sept. 2019

Women in Tech Roundtable Series, University of California Berkeley, June 2019; Microsoft FATE Research Group, May 2019

GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR THE FUTURE OF MODERATION

All Things in Moderation, University of Los Angeles, Dec. 2017

SURVEILLANCE, CENSORSHIP, & HUMAN RIGHTS ONLINE

Decoding the Digital Debate, Munk School of Global Affairs ,University of Toronto, Mar. 2017

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CONTACT

Email Sarah @ ainowinstitute.org

Address New York, NY

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