Public Interest Technology - University Network (PIT-UN)

Georgetown University was one of 21 founding universities that launched the Public Interest Technology - University Network (PIT-UN) with support from New America, the Ford Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation. As described on New America's website:

The Public Interest Technology University Network is a partnership that fosters collaboration between universities and colleges committed to building the nascent field of public interest technology and growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists. Through the development of curricula, research agendas, and experiential learning programs in the public interest technology space, these universities are trying innovative tactics to produce graduates with multiple fluencies at the intersection of technology and policy. By joining PIT-UN, members commit to field building on campus. Members may choose to focus on some or all of these elements, in addition to other initiatives they deem relevant to establishing public interest technology on campus:

  1. Support curriculum and faculty development to enable interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary education of students, so they can critically assess the ethical, political, and societal implications of new technologies, and design technologies in service of the public good.

  2. Develop experiential learning opportunities such as clinics, fellowships, apprenticeships, and internship, with public and private sector partners in the public interest technology space.

  3. Find ways to support graduates who pursue careers working in public interest technology, recognizing that financial considerations may make careers in this area unaffordable to many.

  4. Create mechanisms for faculty to receive recognition for the research, curriculum development, teaching, and service work needed to build public interest technology as an arena of inquiry.

  5. Provide institutional data that will allow us to measure the effectiveness of our interventions in helping to develop the field of public interest technology.

Maddox Angerhofer

Undergraduate Fellow; Calendar Year

Maddox Angerhofer is a member of the class of 2023 in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in international politics (security) and minoring in Persian. She is excited to join the Georgetown Ethics Lab as an Undergraduate Fritz Family Fellow with the project From Control to Care, studying how existing privacy and cyberlaw policy shapes sociotechnical systems.

Lindsey Barrett

Post-doc Fellow; Calendar Year

Lindsey Barrett is a Fritz Family Fellow at the Institute for Technology Law & Policy at Georgetown Law and Communications, Culture & Technology (CCT), where she conducts research on privacy law and policy with a cross-disciplinary focus. Previously, she represented nonprofits in technology policy matters before federal agencies as a staff attorney and teaching fellow at Georgetown Law’s Communications & Technology Law Clinic. Her scholarship on consumer privacy and the Fourth Amendment has been published in a number of law journals, including the Seattle Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Georgetown Law Technology Review, which she co-founded, while her other writing has been featured in popular publications like Slate, Fast Company, and Techdirt. She received her B.A. from Duke with honors, and both an LLM in Advocacy with distinction and her law degree from Georgetown.

Michael Kranzlein

P.h.D. Fellow; Calendar Year

Michael Kranzlein is a computer science PhD student at Georgetown University working on natural language processing and computational linguistics. His work focuses on modelling language meaning for computers and improving the performance of text-based models via calibration. As a Fritz Family Fellow, Michael is collaborating with faculty of the Department of Computer Science, the Law Center, and the Massive Data Institute on the development of automated systems for detecting relevant linguistic ambiguities in legal texts. This work is informed by his experience working on legal AI at Ernst & Young and his expertise in computational semantics and calibration.

Before Georgetown, Michael earned a master’s degree in computer science from Kennesaw State University and bachelor’s degrees in computer science and French from Belmont University.

Meera Kolluri

Masters Fellow; Calendar Year

Meera Kolluri is a former Program Assistant and current Graduate Fritz Fellow at Ethics Lab, where she conducts research and programming to support their Humane Technology Initiative. Kolluri is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Communication, Culture and Technology at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Georgetown University. Her academic focus lies at the intersection of ethical design, systems of surveillance, and technology policy. Her current projects assess methods and consequences of monetizing the human body through the use of technology. Kolluri advocates intersectional justice and equity practices at the forefront of her work. She aims to create systems of accountability and accessibility to ensure just technological innovation. Through the Fritz Family Fellowship, Kolluri’s work will examine the intersections of surveillance technology, cyberlaw, and design justice in various sectors, with the goal of supplementing theories of control with theories of care. Kolluri earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Scripps College in Legal Studies and Politics.

Shuo Liu

Philosophy Ph.D. Fellow; Calendar Year

Shuo is a second-year PhD student at Georgetown University in computer science. His current research interest lies in the area of fault-tolerant distributed optimization algorithms and implementations, including distributed machine learning, specifically Byzantine fault-tolerant models. Prior to that, he obtained his master’s degree in computer science at Georgetown, and undergraduate degree in mathematics at Fudan University, China. His master’s thesis studied a type of possible privacy exposures of users on social media.

J.J. Naddeo

P.h.D Fellow; Calendar Year

In collaboration with the Beeck Center and the Massive Data Institute J.J. is working with the Justice Innovation Lab (JIL) to identify potential racial disparities in incarcerations in local criminal justice systems. While not working at the JIL, J.J. is working on completing his PhD in Economics at Georgetown University, and consulting at the World Bank. His research utilizes spatial data and state of the art econometric tools to answer questions focusing on political economics. Prior to moving to D.C., J.J. finished his bachelor’s degree in physics at Rutgers-University Camden in Camden, NJ. He enjoys spending his free time camping and canoeing with friends and family.

Madeline Pfister

Undergraduate Fellow; Academic Year

Madeline is a Georgetown sophomore from Williamsburg, Virginia majoring in Operations and Information Management and minoring in Statistics. She spent the summer of 2020 as a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow studying data ethics in the credit card industry. In her free time, Madeline loves to read a good book.

As a Fritz Fellow, Madeline works with the Massive Data Institute (MDI) and PEW Charitable er goal is to understand and measure how models can be biased towards groups of people with different characteristics and figure out ways to mitigate such eventsTrust to work towards a Civil Justice Data Commons. The purpose of the Civil Justice Data Commons is to provide data to those working in civil justice and to propose a data governance model.

Garrett Quenneville

Post-doc Fellow; Calendar Year

Garrett is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Technology Law and Policy and the Massive Data Institute (MDI) working on the Civil Justice Data Commons; a project to compile data across civil justice institutions to promote research and knowledge-sharing. Previously, he worked at the American Institute for Research on the National Household Education survey as a data analyst and at the Institute for Social Science Research evaluating the Alabama Accountability Act. He has a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a BA in economics from the University of Michigan.

Brian Taylor

Undergraduate Fellow; Calendar Year

Hailing from Middletown, NJ, Brian is a senior at Georgetown completing a dual major in Government and Mathematics. At Georgetown and as a data intern at the RNC, he has sought to apply statistics and data analysis to the political arena. In his capacity as a Fritz Family Fellow, Brian is working with Professor Michael Bailey to explore the relationship between political moderation and electability by analyzing candidate social media and campaign websites in conjunction with electoral results. In his free time, he enjoys running and playing the drums.

Joyce Yang

Undergraduate Fellow; Calendar Year

Joyce is a junior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a minor in Computer Science. She first got involved with research on Tech Policy issues as a Mortara Undergraduate Research Fellow where she worked with Dr. Meg Leta Jones. Joyce has done research analyzing congressional hearings on Big Tech, policy and implementation surrounding contact tracing apps, and the history of Silicon Valley. Outside of the classroom, she also enjoys working with graphic design as creative director at Bossier Magazine and learning to beekeep with Hoya Hive. As a Fritz Fellow, Joyce is working with the Ethics Lab and the Communication, Culture, and Technology Department to better understand the ways in which existing systems of surveillance and cyberlaw policies uphold norms of control. Additionally, she and the team are utilizing design justice principles to think of ways of shifting these harmful systems.