People

Leadership Team

Kate Crawford

Co-founder, Director of Research

Kate Crawford is leading researcher, academic and author who has spent the last decade studying the social implications of data systems, machine learning and artificial intelligence. She is a Distinguished Research Professor at New York University, a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York, a Visiting Professor at the MIT Center for Civic Media, and an Honorary Professor at the University of New South Wales. In 2016, she co-chaired the Obama White House symposium on the social and economic implications of artificial intelligence. She is on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on AI and Robotics, and she was recently awarded a Richard von Weizsaecker Fellowship. She is widely published in academic journals such as Nature, New Media & Society, and Information, Communication & Society, and she has written for The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. Her recent research publications address data discrimination and artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and due process, and algorithmic accountability. She is currently writing a new book for Yale University Press.

Meredith Whittaker

Co-founder, Executive Director

Meredith Whittaker is a Distinguished Research Scientist at New York University with over a decade of industry experience. She founded and led Google’s Open Research Group, where she created novel models for cross-industry and cross-sector research collaboration, working on issues of measurement and data creation, along with data protection and research ethics, privacy, and security. She co-founded M-Lab, a globally distributed open measurement platform that provides the world’s largest source of open data on internet performance, and is now one of the primary resources for policymakers and researchers investigating issues of net neutrality and network performance. She has worked extensively on issues of privacy and security, advising on both policy direction and technical implementation. She co-founded Simply Secure, helped build and currently advises the Open Technology Fund, and led work to strengthen the security of core internet infrastructure. She has advised the White House, the FCC, the City of New York, the European Parliament, and many other governments and civil society organizations on artificial intelligence, internet policy, measurement, privacy, and security.

Mariah Peebles

Director of Operations & Strategy

Mariah creates strategies and systems that drive organizational development and effectiveness. She joins AI Now after working as the COO of Sunny Bates Associates, a boutique consultancy connecting the people and ideas shaping the future. At SBA, Mariah oversaw strategic growth, organizational infrastructure, client services, and new business opportunities. Prior to that, Mariah was a core member of the Influence team at Year Up, the premier workforce development organization in the country. There, Mariah translated the latest research on labor and education into actionable recommendations for building a 21st century workforce and increasing economic opportunity. Her work at Year Up allowed her to engage a range of influencers and stakeholders, from Fortune 500 executives to Federal policymakers, social activists to academic researchers, in collective efforts to develop new, more effective “cradle to career” pathways in the US. Mariah developed her passion for strategic social change as a FAO Schwarz Family Foundation Fellow. She began her career in social impact consulting at New Sector Alliance and in the Boston Consulting Group’s Social Impact Practice Network. Mariah graduated from Harvard College in History of Science, with a focus on Neuroscience

Join Us

The AI Now Institute is poised for rapid growth, and we are thoughtfully expanding our core team. We are committed to finding and developing great people—and cultivating a culture in which original and independent research can thrive.

We are currently accepting applications to our Postdoctoral Fellows program and will be posting for other positions throughout the fall.