Mark Latonero leads the Data & Human Rights initiative at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York City where he is also a visiting scholar at NYU. He is a senior research fellow at the University of Southern California, where, as a research professor and the research director of Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, he led the Technology and Human Trafficking initiative.
Mark works on the social implications of technology, policy, and data-driven approaches that involve vulnerable populations. He has published reports on human trafficking and online/mobile technologies (2011/2012), counter-trafficking media in Indonesia (2014), labor exploitation and technology in the Philippines (2015), and online child protection in South Asia (forthcoming). Research has been supported by U.S. Department of Justice, Humanity United, USAID, and UNICEF. He has led field research in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. He recently served on a National Academy of Sciences committee on the commercial exploitation of children.
Latonero has published in academic journals such the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and the International Journal of Crisis Response and Management and in outlets such as Foreign Affairs. His work has been covered by the Associated Press, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBS Radio, CNN, Fast Company, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, and The New York Times. Latonero completed his PhD at the University of Southern California Annenberg School and was a postdoctoral research scholar at the London School of Economics.
Dani Escudero Poole is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her academic and research interests are broadly in the subfields of humanitarian response, human rights, and econometrics, and cross-cutting issues such as gender equality. She is particularly interested in the health impacts of humanitarian action, violence prevention, and human rights-based approaches to population health.
At Harvard, Dani works at the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative on evaluating the use and effectiveness of information communication technologies in emergencies and disasters. Dani is also working with Dr. Till Baernighausen to assess trends in exposure to violence in South Africa over the past decade and to analyze the intersection of violence and the HIV epidemic.
Dani completed her Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) at Brown University, and received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Seattle University.
Julie Ricard is Data-Pop Alliance IDRG Fellow. She is a double-masters graduated in International Development by the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po Paris) and in Gender Studies by Université Paris Diderot (Paris VII). Her professional and academic interests revolve around development-related topics, with an emphasis on social issues and intersectionnality.
At Paris VII, her research focused on the incorporation of women in poverty fighting rhetoric in Brazil, in particular within Conditional Cash Transfers Programs. Julie also conducted research on migrations for the National Committee for Refugees in Brazil and has field experience working with vulnerable populations, including asylum-seekers and refugees.
She has worked in international organisations such as UNDP and the French Agency for Development, where she supported the implementation of the gender strategies by doing research and developing capacity-building knowledge products.
Julie completed her Bachelor of Arts with a focus on Latin American studies at Sciences Po Paris.