Chelsea Barabas

Chelsea Barabas

Technology and Human Rights Fellow
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Chelsea is a PhD candidate at MIT, where she examines the spread of algorithmic decision making tools in the US criminal justice system. She works with an interdisciplinary group of researchers, community organizers and government officials to unpack and transform mainstream narratives around criminal justice reform and data-driven decision making. Formerly, she was a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where she studied the limits of mainstream discourse regarding "ethical AI." She was also formerly the Head of Social Innovation at the MIT Media Lab's Digital Currency Initiative, where she evaluated the feasibility and social implications of building decentralized digital infrastructure for online publishing and user-centered data management services in emerging markets. Common across all of Chelsea's work is an interest in developing critical, historically grounded approaches to the design of technologies that aim to serve the public interest.