Keynote Lectures

Andre Brock (Online)

André Brock is an associate professor of media studies at Georgia Tech. He writes on Western technoculture and Black cybercultures; his scholarship examines race in social media, video games, blogs, and other digital media. His book, *Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures*, (NYU Press 2020), the 2021 winner of the Harry Shaw and Katrina Hazzard-Donald Award for Outstanding Work in African-American Popular Culture Studies and the 2021 Nancy Baym Book Award, theorizes Black everyday lives mediated by networked technologies.

Pascale Fung (TBC)

Pascale Fung is a Professor at the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Science & Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST), and a visiting professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She is an elected Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) for her "significant contributions to the field of conversational AI and to the development of ethical AI principles and algorithms", an elected Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) for her “significant contributions towards statistical NLP, comparable corpora, and building intelligent systems that can understand and empathize with humans”. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for her “contributions to human-machine interactions” and an elected Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association for “fundamental contributions to the interdisciplinary area of spoken language human-machine interactions”. She is the Director of HKUST Centre for AI Research (CAiRE), an interdisciplinary research centre on top of all four schools at HKUST. She co-founded the Human Language Technology Center (HLTC). She is an affiliated faculty with the Robotics Institute and the Big Data Institute at HKUST. She is the founding chair of the Women Faculty Association at HKUST. She is an expert on the Global Future Council, a think tank for the World Economic Forum. She represents HKUST on Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society. She is on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Signal Processing Society. She is a member of the IEEE Working Group to develop an IEEE standard - Recommended Practice for Organizational Governance of Artificial Intelligence. Her research team has won several best and outstanding paper awards at ACL, ACL and NeurIPS workshops.

Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar (In-Person)

Mariano-Florentino (Tino) Cuéllar is the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace –– the oldest think tank in America and the only one dedicated to pursuing global security and peace through its operations in the United States and India, China, Belgium, Lebanon, and Russia. Cuéllar previously served for nearly seven years as a justice on the Supreme Court of California, the highest court of America’s largest judiciary, and led the courts’ efforts to better meet the needs of millions of limited-English speakers. Before that, he was the Stanley Morrison Professor at Stanford Law School and director of Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. He served two U.S. presidents in a variety of roles in the federal government, including as special assistant to the president for justice and regulatory policy at the White House in the Obama administration. He chairs the board of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Born in Matamoros, Mexico, he grew up primarily in communities along the U.S.-Mexico border. He graduated from Harvard and Yale Law School, and obtained a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford.

Meeyoung Cha (In-Person)

Meeyoung Cha is an associate professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Her research is on data science with an emphasis on modeling socially relevant information propagation processes. Her work on misinformation, poverty mapping, fraud detection, and long-tail content has gained more than 17,000 citations. She worked at Facebook's Data Science Team as a Visiting Professor and is a recipient of the Korean Young Information Scientist Award and AAAI ICWSM Test of Time Award. She is currently jointly affiliated as a Chief Investigator at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) in Korea.

Community Keynote

Vanessa Bain (In-Person)

Vanessa Bain is a former educator from Silicon Valley that began working full-time as an Instacart Shopper in 2016. She has been grassroots organizing Instacart Shoppers for over five years and has organized several national walkouts, boycotts, and direct actions over labor grievances, worker classification, and workplace safety in the grocery gig economy. In January 2020, Bain cofounded Gig Workers’ Collective, a worker collective that fosters worker-led worker organizing and advocacy in the gig economy. Bain has presented at UC Berkeley, Cornell, and was a featured presenter at last year's American Institute for Public Health's Annual Meeting on the topic of Organizing the Gig Economy for Social Justice. Bain is passionate about building worker power, policy, intersectional organizing, social and economic justice. Bain has been profiled by the Washington Post.

Willy Solis (In-Person)

Willy Solis is a Shipt Shopper from the Dallas Texas Metroplex. Willy has a background in construction and has run his own business since 2008. In 2019, Willy began working as a Shipt Shopper and began grassroots organizing his fellow Shipt Shoppers in January 2020 when Shipt implemented a devastating pay cut. In February 2020 he formalized a relationship with Gig Workers' Collective where he has functioned as the lead organizer for Shipt Shoppers nationally. Organizing successes include securing PPE for hundreds of thousands of Shipt Shoppers, and the repayment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in misappropriated tips. Willy has partnered with organizations such as Human Rights Watch, MIT, and Coworker on generative worker-centric research and data about the gig economy. Solis is passionate about building worker power, policy, social and economic justice. In the past year, Solis is frequently a featured panelist and presenter on gig economy issues, most recently he was a featured speaker at SXSW. Solis has been profiled by NPR and The Hill.

Dan Calacci (Online)

Dan is a doctoral candidate at the MIT Media Lab studying how data stewardship and analysis can impact community governance. His current work investigates how data rights and labor rights intersect and explores how to build real-world tools that help workers build power by leveraging the data they generate at work. Their research on community surveillance and tools for gig workers have been discussed in Gizmodo, Wired, Reuters, the New York Times, and other major publications. They have exhibited digital art that addresses themes such as urban inequality and digital surveillance in galleries around the globe. They also have experience as a startup co-founder, a machine learning researcher, and a data science bootcamp teacher. They received their B.S. from Northeastern University in 2015 and their M.Sc from MIT in 2019.

Keynote Panelists

Andrew Pakes (In-Person)

Andrew is deputy general secretary and research director at Prospect Union in the UK representing over 152,000 members across tech, specialist, engineering and professional roles. He leads Prospect’s work around tech, AI, data rights and the future of work. His work aims to empower workers around digital change and the implications on how technology is transforming the ways people are managed and work, including on mental health and wellbeing. He is also a member of the UK Trade Union Congress AI Working Group and the OECD’s AI Expert Panel. A strong supporter of Equality Diversity and Inclusion approaches to work, Andrew also serves as secretary to Stonewall, Europe’s largest LGBT+ equalities charity.

Wilneida Negron (In-Person)

Dr Wilneida Negron is the Director of Research and Policy at She most recently worked at the Ford Foundation, where she led cross-thematic area strategy development between the Gender, Race, Ethnic Justice, Technology and Society, Mission Investing, Future of Work(ers), and Civic Engagement Thematic areas, with a focus on helping labor movements deepen and leverage economic partnerships and movement-based partnerships. She is a lifelong fellow at Data & Society Research Institute and Atlantic Institute for Racial Equity.

Min Kyung Lee (In-Person)

Min Kyung Lee is an assistant professor in human-computer interaction in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Lee has conducted some of the first studies that empirically examine the social implications of algorithms’ emerging roles in management and governance in society. She has extensive expertise in developing theories, methods and tools for human-centered AI and deploying them in practice through collaboration with real-world stakeholders and organizations. She developed a participatory framework that empowers community members to design matching algorithms that govern their own communities. Dr. Lee is a Siebel Scholar and has received the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence, research grants from NSF and Uptake, and six best paper awards and honorable mentions and two demo/video awards in venues such as CHI, CSCW, DIS and HRI. She is an Associate Editor of Human-Computer Interaction and a Senior Associate Editor of ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction.

Jon Kleinberg (Online)

Jon Kleinberg is the Tisch University Professor in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Science at Cornell University. His research focuses on the interaction of algorithms and networks, the roles they play in large-scale social and information systems, and their broader societal implications. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering, and serves on the US National AI Advisory Committee. He has received MacArthur, Packard, Simons, Sloan, and Vannevar Bush research fellowships, as well awards including the Harvey Prize, the Nevanlinna Prize, the Newell Award, and the ACM Prize in Computing.

Tarleton Gillespie (Online)

Tarleton Gillespie is a senior principal researcher at Microsoft Research, and an affiliated associate professor in the Department of Communication and Department of Information Science at Cornell University. He is the author of Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture (MIT, 2007) , co-editor of Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society (MIT, 2014), and author of Custodians of the Internet: Platforms, Content Moderation, and the Hidden Decisions that Shape Social Media (Yale, 2018).

Daphne Keller (Online)

Daphne Keller's work focuses on platform regulation and Internet users' rights. She has testified before legislatures, courts, and regulatory bodies around the world, and published both academically and in popular press on topics including platform content moderation practices, constitutional and human rights law, copyright, data protection, and national courts' global takedown orders. Her recent work focuses on legal protections for users’ free expression rights when state and private power intersect, particularly through platforms’ enforcement of Terms of Service or use of algorithmic ranking and recommendations. Until 2020, Daphne was the Director of Intermediary Liability at Stanford's Center for Internet and Society. She also served until 2015 as Associate General Counsel for Google, where she had primary responsibility for the company’s search products. Daphne has taught Internet law at Stanford, Berkeley, and Duke law schools. She is a graduate of Yale Law School, Brown University, and Head Start.

Keynote Interview

Karen Hao (Online)

Karen Hao is a HK-based reporter at the Wall Street Journal, covering tech & society in China. She was previously a senior editor at MIT Technology Review, covering cutting-edge AI research and its impacts on society. Her work is regularly taught in universities, including Harvard, Stanford, and Yale, and cited in government reports and by Congress. She has won numerous awards, including an ASME Next, the highest honor for magazine journalists under 30. In a past life, she was an application engineer at the first startup to spin out of Alphabet's X. She received her B.S. in mechanical engineering and minor in energy studies from MIT.