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Dr. Ariana Eily

Dr. Ariana Eily served as a postdoctoral associate in Science and Society, focusing on science communication. Her work includes science communication training and coaching, as well as working with the science communication team of the North Carolina PFAS Testing Network. She led an interdisciplinary team exploring STEAM initiatives at Duke, using improv to help scientists become better communicators, creating courses to expand our thinking about how science and society interact, and establishing a science-art exhibit called the Art of a Scientist.
She earned her PhD from the Biology department and Cell and Molecular Biology program at Duke University. An alumna of Rollins College, she has long had a passion for making science more inclusive. Dr. Eily is now an Instructor of Biology at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

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Raina Haque

Raina Haque teaches at Wake Forest School of Law and Duke University School of Law, focusing on computational law & emergent technologies. She was previously a fintech business analyst and software engineer at a major Wall Street financial firm working in (ironically) clearance, trade, and settlement and global portfolio technologies. She is among the first patent attorneys to work in the blockchain technologies space. Prof. Haque regularly speaks at major law schools and professional lecture series and advises regulatory bodies regarding emerging technologies. She is a former bioinformatics deep artificial neural network engineer fellow of the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Lab of National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences.

She is passionate about the ethically informed, interdisciplinary role that this coming generation of jurists and engineers can and must take in the realm of emergent technologies and entrepreneurialism.

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Philip Napoli

Philip M. Napoli is the James R. Shepley Professor of Public Policy and a Faculty Affiliate with the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy. Prof. Napoli’s research focuses on media institutions and media regulation and policy. He has provided formal and informal expert testimony on these topics to government bodies such as the U.S. Senate, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Congressional Research Service.

He is the author of four books, has also published over 50 articles in legal, public policy, journalism, and communication journals, and contributed over 30 invited book chapters in edited collections. He has been interviewed in media outlets such as the NBC Nightly News, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Politico, and National Public Radio.

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Sarah Rispin

Sarah Rispin Sedlak is a Lecturing Fellow at the Duke Initiative for Science and Society, where she is the faculty lead for its digital ethics program. In that role, she is developing new multimedia teaching material on and teaching courses on digital ethics, law and policy.

Prior to joining Duke, Ms. Rispin Sedlak spent over a decade working in environmental, energy and administrative law, in government, private sector, and non-profit roles. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as an editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, and a former law clerk on the D.C. and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals.


Laia Bertran Manyé served as a Fellow from 2018-2019; her research area focused on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), creating a set of guidelines for cross border data transfers taking place during e-discovery between EU and US under the GDPR. 

Laia graduated from Duke University School of Law in 2017, specializing in Privacy, Intellectual Property and New Technologies law. Laia received her LL.B. in Law from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain) and her Masters in Professional Legal Practice from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain).


Cassi Carley served as a Fellow in 2017-2018. She founded the nonpartisan Ethical Tech, focused on research, education, and policy development across all industries and socioeconomic groups. She also worked on The Tech Trust, a certification process aimed at cultivating responsible technology, and hosted high school students for a discussion of the potential impacts of technology and the roles that they can play in engineering an inclusive, positive future. 

Cassi graduated from Duke with a B.S. in Public Policy and Computer Science. She now attends NYU School of Law and looks forward to a career in tech law and policy. 


Charlie Giattino completed his PhD in Neuroscience at Duke while a DCLT Fellow in 2017-2019. His dissertation research focused on using electroencephalography (EEG) to understand the brain basis of cognitive functions such as attention, working memory, and even our conscious awareness of the world, most recently by applying machine learning (ML) techniques to decode brain activity.

As a DCLT Fellow, Charlie worked with Director Jeff Ward to develop legal and policy solutions for mitigating harm from the malicious use of AI, primarily by exploring how public health approaches to dealing with systemic risk (e.g., from infectious disease) can be usefully applied to the AI context.


Eun Young Song has a PhD in neuroscience and an MA in Bioethics and Science Policy from Duke. As a DCLT Fellow from 2017-2019, her research interest focused on Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technologies, their novel applications for physical and cognitive enhancement, and relevant concerns of privacy and potential health risks.

Eun Young received her B.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. In Neuroscience from Ajou University in South Korea.

Justin Sherman is a 2020 graduate of Duke University where he double-majored in computer science and political science. In addition to being an undergraduate fellow at the Duke Center on Law & Technology at Duke University’s School of Law, he was also a Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America. Justin co-founded the cyber arm of the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy, and he co-Founder and past President of Ethical Tech, a nonpartisan initiative at Duke University focused on research, education, and policy development on issues of ethics and technology. His writing on technology, ethics, public policy, and international security has been published by The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, WIRED, the Council on Foreign Relations, and many other outlets.

Zhanna Malekos Smith served as the Reuben Everett Cyber Scholar in 2018-2019, a position funded through the generous support of the Everett Family Trust. Her capstone project on information warfare was selected to be presented twice at DEF CON in 2019, among other numerous national conferences.

Malekos Smith earned her BA in Russian and international relations at Wellesley College, where she was a fellow of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs. She received her JD from the UC-Dacvis School of Law and her MA with the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She was a post-doctoral fellow in the Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and served as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Air Force.


A visiting scholar from National Chiao Tung University Law School, TaiwanYen-Dun 'Carol' Wang focused her research while a Fellow in Spring 2019 on regulations concerning new technologies, such as the application of  A.I in judicial proceedings. Carol's interest in blockchain technology led to research on how to use blockchain to prevent money laundering. Her research project focused on unmanned vehicles including drones and self-driving cars.

Cameron Adams is a recent Master of Environmental Management graduate from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke. His degree focused on topics in coastal and marine management, particularly as they relate to legal challenges associated with planning for climate change. Cam is an Associate in Research working on an interdisciplinary team to address fisheries data collection and confidentiality issues.


Elif "Nur" Kumru is a '19 Duke Law LLM graduate and earned her LLB from Koc University Law School in Istanbul. As a Fellow in 2019-2020, Nur worked with Prof. Jeff Ward on the privacy implications of AI in an increasingly surveilled and Internet of Things connected age of Big Data, machine learning and social media. Nur specifically explored the challenges that the applications of AI, such as facial recognition, bring to the traditional ways we have protected our privacy through anonymity & consent, and how to respond to and regulate these challenges to ensure a fair and democratic society.

Nur is currently pursuing a PhD in Law. 


Kyle Medin joined Prof. Jeff Ward's research team to explore data governance and privacy standards as they relate to (and complicate) fisheries regulation. He received his J.D. from Duke Law School in 2019, where he was Special Projects Editor for the Duke Law Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum. Passionate about environmental protection, Kyle puts his education and experience to work tackling environmental regulation issues in the local, state, national, and international context.


Inès Ndonko Nnoko is a ’20 Duke Law LL.M graduate. She came to Duke University School of Law as a Judy Horowitz scholar, to focus on Environmental Law and Policy. As an Associate in Research, she was part of a research project in data governance and confidentiality matters in the fisheries sector. The research aimed to draw specific language around data confidentiality in federal laws and regulations on data protection and release, in the light of current fisheries technological innovations through dialogue with policy and technology experts.


Andrea Rojas Rozo is a ’20 Duke Law LLM graduate and a lawyer from Colombia, from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. As a Fulbright scholar, she came to Duke Law to focus on the intersection between law, innovation and technology. As an Associate in Research, she focuses on global legal tech and innovation, leading the 2020 International Legal Tech Summit and serving as a student manager for the Duke Law Tech Lab 2020 cohort. She is part of a research project on community data governance in a post COVID-19 world which aims to learn how the pandemic and data-driven responses affect certain marginalized populations.


Libba Rollins is a recent Master of Environmental Management graduate at the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment where she focused on environmental economics and policy, specifically climate and energy policy. Libba worked on a team that is exploring data governance, privacy, and confidentiality as it relates to the management of fisheries data in the face of rapidly changing oceanic conditions.  

Mandy Boltax is a 2022 graduate of Duke Law where she earned a JD with a Certificate in Public Interest and Public Service Law. Prior to law school, Mandy worked as a full-stack software engineer, developing mobile and web applications. As a 1L, Mandy worked with Prof. Ward on the Access Tech Tools Initiative to design and build technology that aims to improve the efficacy and reach of the Duke Legal Clinics.


Jaye Han is a 2020 graduate of Duke Law. Prior to law school, Jaye worked in the nonprofit sector as a fundraiser.

During her 3L year, she worked with Prof. Ward as a Research Assistant to develop a module for 1L Criminal law courses that aims to expose 1Ls to the use of AI in law and issues related with its use.


Meredith Thompson is a 2021 graduate of Duke Law, earning both a JD and an LLM in Law & Entrepreneurship. She previously studied Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. She worked with Prof. Ward to develop modules focused on the intersection of AI and foundational law courses (e.g., Property, Constitutional Law, etc.). These modules are designed to prompt students to think critically about how AI challenges our traditional structures and notions of law.


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Justin Sherman: "Russia orders tech platforms to remove coronavirus 'fake news'Atlantic Council. (2020)
Jeff Ward: "10 Things Judges Should Know About AIJudicature. (2019)
J. Zhanna Malekos Smith: “The Magpies and the Cuckoos: A Disinformation Fable” Defense One. (2019)
J. Zhanna Malekos Smith: “Ethics for the AI-enabled warfighter — the human 'Warrior-in-the-Design'.” The Hill (2019)