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, Washington Post, PBS, CBS, the Associated Press, and Vox, 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.
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.
Radical Infrastructure. New Media and Society.
Cryptography as Information Control. Social Studies of Science.
Social Media as Social Infrastructure. The Social Media Debate: Unpacking the Social, Psychological, and Cultural Effects of Social Media Platforms.
Discriminating Systems: Gender, Race and Power in AI. AI Now Institute.
Best Paper Award 2020
Censored, Suspended, Shadowbanned: Researching User Experiences of Content Moderation on Social Media Platforms. New Media & Society.
STOPPING BIG TECH FROM MONOPOLIZING THE FUTURE
Anti-Monopoly Summit, May 2023
LARGE LANGUAGE MODELS, LAW, AND POLICY
New York University Law School, July 2023
AUTOMATED DECISIONMAKING SYSTEMS
PrivacyCon 2022, Federal Trade Commission, Nov. 2022
LABOR LAW AND AI
The Race to Regulate AI, Oxford University, June 2022
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
SURVEILLANCE, CENSORSHIP, & HUMAN RIGHTS ONLINE
Munk School of Global Affairs ,University of Toronto, Mar. 2017