Rebekah Jean Overdorf
My background is in studying the effect that machine learning has on privacy and the ways that it can be used to attack private systems or private information. My current research includes studying the effects that technologies that are deployed on a large scale have on the users or non-users of such systems and developing technologies to measure and counter these negative externalities. In this context, I am very interested in the effect that the shift to social media platforms for public discourse has on what information we have access to and who has access to it as well as it's intersection with censorship.
I am currently an Information Controls Fellow with the Open Technology Fund working in collaoration with the Civil Initiative on Internet Policy in Bishkek, Kyrgystan to identify fake online social network accounts and monitor and assess their activities as well as their effect on the overall network.