Mark Latonero

Mark Latonero

Technology and Human Rights Fellow
International human rights frameworks for AI Governance
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Mark Latonero is a Research Lead for the Human Rights and AI on the Ground Initiatives at Data & Society - a nonprofit research institute in New York City. In addition to the Carr Center, he is a fellow at Berkeley Law’s Human Rights Center and USC’s Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership & Policy. Previously he was a research director and research professor at USC where he led the Technology and Human Trafficking Initiative. He has also served as Innovation Consultant for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

His research focuses on the social and policy implications of emerging technology and examines the benefits, risks, and harms of digital technologies, particularly in human rights and humanitarian contexts. His recent reports include: Governing Artificial Intelligence: Upholding Human Rights & Dignity and Refugee Connectivity: A Survey of Mobile Phones, Mental Health, and Privacy at a Syrian Refugee Camp in Greece (with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative). Other publications can be found in journals such as Computer Mediated Communication and Information Communication & Society in addition to outlets like Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, and the Guardian.

At the Carr Center, he will focus on the extent to which international human rights can serve as a normative framework to guide and govern AI research, development, and deployment. He also working on a report on digital identity technologies for migrants and refugees in Italy and he has led field research in a dozen countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka. Latonero completed his PhD at the University of Southern California and was a postdoctoral scholar at the London School of Economics.