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Chris Gilliard

Independent Privacy Researcher
Just Tech Fellow

Dr. Chris Gilliard is a writer, professor, and speaker. His scholarship concentrates on digital privacy, surveillance, and the intersections of race, class, and technology. He is an advocate for critical and equity-focused approaches to tech in education. His writings have been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Wired Magazine, the Chronicle of Higher Ed, and Vice Magazine. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center, a member of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry Scholars Council, and a member of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project community advisory board. 

Gilliard is a member of the inaugural (2022 – 2024) cohort of the Just Tech Fellowship. As a Just Tech Fellow, Gilliard will create a taxonomy for identifying and assessing the social impact and risk of novel surveillance technologies to marginalized communities. Through interviews with impacted communities and consultation with a diverse group of experts, Gilliard will classify automated and data-driven technologies according to the information they collect and store, the human sources of these data, and the data management protocols employed in design, creation, and deployment. Gilliard’s taxonomy of surveillance will help a diverse group of stakeholders better understand the disproportionate privacy impact of data-driven technologies and create opportunities and spaces of intervention for activists, policymakers, academics, and technologists.

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