ALEXA KOENIG, Ph.D., J.D, is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches classes on human rights and international criminal law. She co-founded and directs the Human Rights Investigations Lab, which trains and works with undergraduate and graduate students to use online open source methods to support human rights advocacy and accountability. Alexa’s research and commentary have appeared in such diverse outlets as the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, US News and World Reports, and elsewhere. Alexa is a founding member of the board of advisors for ARCHER, a UC Berkeley-established nonprofit that leverages technology to make data-driven investigations accessible, smarter and more scalable. She also administers and is a member of the Technology Advisory Board of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court and is often called upon to speak about the role of emerging technologies in human rights practice. Alexa has won numerous honors and awards for her research and public service, including a fellowship with the American Association of University Women, the Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service, the Phi Beta Kappa Northern California Teaching Excellence Award, and grants from the National Science Foundation and numerous private foundations.
BRANDIE NONNECKE, Ph.D., is the Research & Development Manager for CITRIS, UC Berkeley and Program Director for CITRIS, UC Davis. Brandie researches human rights at the intersection of law, policy, and emerging technologies. Her current research is focused on the benefits and risks of AI-enabled decision-making, including issues of fairness, accountability, and appropriate governance structures. Brandie received her Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Penn State and is a Fellow at the World Economic Forum where she serves on the Council on the Future of the Digital Economy and Society. She currently chairs the Internet Society SF Chapter Working Group on Internet Governance. You can follow her on Twitter and check out her tech dev and research projects at nonnecke.com.