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NIST’s AI Risk Management Framework Should Address Key Societal-Scale Risks

Brandie Nonnecke, Founding Director, CITRIS Policy Lab | October 26, 2021

Authored by a group of scholars from the University of California, Berkeley: Anthony Barrett, Thomas Krendl Gilbert, Jessica Newman, Brandie Nonnecke, and Ifejesu Ogunleye. In September 2021, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, called for a moratorium on the sale and use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems that “pose a serious risk to human … Continue reading »

On the wings of Ada Lovelace

Camille Crittenden, Executive Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute | October 12, 2021

October 12, 2021 (aka Ada Lovelace Day) Ada Lovelace (1815 – 1852) is recognized for many remarkable attributes and affiliations, not only as a precursor of what came to be modern computer programming but also as the daughter of poet Lord Byron and friend to notable Victorian intellectuals like Charles Babbage, Charles Dickens, Michael Faraday … Continue reading »

Aviation Fields Must Diversify to Soar with the Next Generation

Camille Crittenden, Executive Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute | August 18, 2021

Created in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to commemorate Orville Wright’s birthday, National Aviation Day has been celebrated annually on August 19 with air shows and related extravaganzas. These are exciting days for aerospace researchers, aviation enthusiasts and aspiring jobseekers. Many were inspired earlier this year by NASA’s exploration of Mars and the independent suborbital … Continue reading »

Stopping the next pandemic can be easy

Malcolm Potts, professor of population and family planning | August 13, 2021

Those today who refuse to wear masks or deny the protection of vaccination might pause to learn from the brave, self-sacrificing villagers of England’s Eyam four centuries ago.

ICABR at 25 – Celebrating 25 years of Research on the Bioeconomy

David Zilberman, professor, agriculture and resource economics | July 15, 2021

Last week I participated in the 25th conference of the International Consortium of Agricultural Biotechnology Research (ICABR). The ICABR is a network of scholars, mostly social scientists, who study the economic and social implications of modern biotechnology, the impacts of policies to accept it, and consumer acceptance of biotechnologies, especially in agriculture and natural resources. … Continue reading »

The On-Line Learning MOOC Is Not the Future of Higher Education

Ikhlaq Sidhu, Chief Scientist and Founding Director, Sutardja Center | April 29, 2021

But it might be the New Interactive Text Book By Ikhlaq Sidhu and Esther Wojcicki There has been a lot of investment as well as discussion about the future of education in the past few years. The basic idea was supposed to be that education could be democratized and that college students everywhere would simply login at home … Continue reading »

University Research and the COVID Vaccine Race – Who Owns What IP?

John Aubrey Douglass, Senior Research Fellow - Public Policy and Higher Education, Center for Studies in Higher Education | February 24, 2021

A bit over forty years ago, in the waning days of his presidency, Jimmy Carter signed the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act launching a transformation in the pursuit and purpose of science in the United States. Before 1980, federally funded science was largely focused on meeting the Cold War defense needs of a nation in a science … Continue reading »

Blockchain, Digital Identity, and Health Records: Considerations for Vulnerable Populations in California

Camille Crittenden, Executive Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute | October 23, 2020

In the early 2000s, blockchain took the private sector by storm. In addition to gaining notoriety for its applications in cryptocurrency, the technology was touted as a solution to dozens of organizational problems, from supply chain tracking to identity management. Although commercial applications of blockchain continue to show promise and are being pursued by startups … Continue reading »

How cybersecurity practices can advance anti-racism

Lisa Ho, Academic Director, Master of Information and Cybersecurity program, School of Information | September 11, 2020

As part of the Scholar Strike of September 2020, responding to continued police killings of Black people in the United States and grappling with how academia and the tech industry can engage in meaningful anti-racist action, we are sharing our thoughts on the intersection of cybersecurity and racism, incorporating resources suggested by the I School community.

The Risks & Rewards of Emerging Technologies within Public Services

Brandie Nonnecke, Founding Director, CITRIS Policy Lab | September 9, 2020

By Brandie Nonnecke, Director, CITRIS Policy Lab & Camille Crittenden, Executive Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute   Investments in digital infrastructure in the public sector have lagged for years. The COVID-19 pandemic has torn back the curtain to reveal a dilapidated IT framework that undergirds many of the services that millions rely on for … Continue reading »

Perhaps Trump was half right about the WHO

Malcolm Potts, professor of population and family planning | July 19, 2020

Over half a century I have had many positive interactions with the WHO. I have a particular admiration for WHO staff who have been first responders during Ebola epidemics. The WHO has earned global respect and influence because of its record of science-based polices. When a mistake is made then the results are especially catastrophic. … Continue reading »

Blockchain for the public good

Camille Crittenden, Executive Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute | July 7, 2020

Over the last year, I have had the privilege to lead the California Blockchain Working Group, which delivered its report to the Legislature in early July. Established by AB 2658, the 20-member Working Group comprised experts with backgrounds in computer science, cybersecurity, information technology, law, and policy. We were charged with drafting a working definition … Continue reading »

Out of one, many – the benefits of pooled Covid-19 testing

Julia Schaletzky, Executive Director, Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases (CEND) and Immunotherapy and Vaccine Research Institute (IVRI) | May 6, 2020

The U.S. is testing about 200,000 people a day — way fewer than the millions a day which most experts say will be needed. We’ll need to be regularly testing anywhere groups of people gather: schools, workspaces, apartment buildings, prisons and more.

Academic labs can help U.S. ramp up coronavirus testing

Julia Schaletzky, Executive Director, Center for Emerging and Neglected Diseases (CEND) and Immunotherapy and Vaccine Research Institute (IVRI) | March 16, 2020

Passengers of the Grand Princess cruise ship affected by COVID-19 recently disembarked at the Port of Oakland and moved into quarantine facilities for several weeks. Out of 46 passengers tested, 21 tested positive, including 19 crew members who likely had been in contact with passengers. One can’t help but wonder why not all of the … Continue reading »

What history can teach us about disease-driven economic panic

Elena Conis, Historian of U.S. public health and medicine | March 13, 2020

You could  ignore cholera as easy as you could ignore a case of arsenic poisoning, wrote historian Charles Rosenberg more than half a century ago. The disease’s symptoms of severe diarrhea and spasmodic vomiting left the victim’s “face blue and pinched, his extremities cold and darkened, the skin of his hands and feet drawn and … Continue reading »

To prevent pandemic, probe viruses that jump from animals to humans

Wayne Getz, professor, Environmental Science, Policy and Management | March 4, 2020

Whether we reside in Asia, the U.S., Europe or elsewhere, we humans are part of a biological ecosystem constantly under attack from infectious and mysterious agents. Today, public enemy No. 1 is the coronavirus COVID-19, which has been linked to bats in Wuhan, China. In just a few months, it has spread to over 70 … Continue reading »