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Lydia Brown

Policy Counsel | Center for Democracy & Technology

Lydia X. Z. Brown is a Policy Counsel with CDT’s Privacy and Data Project, focused on disability rights and algorithmic justice. Their work has investigated algorithmic harm and injustice in public benefits determinations, hiring algorithms, and algorithmic surveillance that disproportionately impact disabled people, particularly multiply-marginalized disabled people. Outside of their work at CDT, Lydia is an adjunct lecturer and core faculty in disability studies at Georgetown University, and the founding director of the Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment. They serve on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Disability Rights, co-chair the ABA Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice’s Disability Rights Committee, serve as co-president of the Disability Rights Bar Association, and represent the Disability Justice Committee on the National Lawyers Guild’s board. Lydia serves on several advisory committees, including for the Law and Politics of Digital Mental Health Technology project at the University of Melbourne, the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University, and the Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, and Innovation at Loyola Law School. In 2015, Pacific Standard named Lydia to its list of Top 30 Thinkers in the Social Sciences Under 30, and Mic named Lydia to its inaugural list of 50 impactful leaders, cultural influencers, and breakthrough innovators for the next generation. Most recently, Gold House Foundation named Lydia to its A100 list of America’s most impactful Asians for 2020.

Brown was a member of the Just Tech Advisory Board from 2021 to 2023.



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