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Meredith Whittaker    

Distinguished AI Research Scientist at New York University; Co-Founder & Co-Director of the AI Now Institute

Meredith Whittaker is a Distinguished Research Scientist at New York University, co-founder and co-director of the AI Now Institute, and a member of the Signal Foundation's Board of Directors. Whittaker was formerly employed at Google for 13 years, where she founded Google’s Open Research group and co-founded the M-Lab. In 2018, she was a core organizer of the Google Walkouts and resigned from the company in July 2019.

Whittaker joined Google in 2006. She founded Google Open Research which looks to solve global problems in collaboration with academics. According to Google, her "official role at the company was related to open source work." Whittaker was a speaker at the 2018 World Summit on AI. She has written for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Whittaker co-founded M-Lab, a globally distributed network measurement system that provides the world’s largest source of open data on internet performance. She has also worked extensively on issues of data validation and privacy. She has advised the White House, the FCC, the City of New York, the European Parliament, and many other governments and civil society organizations on artificial intelligence, internet policy, measurement, privacy, and security.

She is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the AI Now Institute at NYU, which is a leading university institute dedicated to researching the social implications of artificial intelligence and related technologies. She started AI Now Institute with Kate Crawford in 2017 after a symposium hosted by the White House. AI Now is partners with the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, New York University Center for Data Science and Partnership on AI. They produce annual reports that examine the social implications of artificial intelligence, including bias, rights and liberties.

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