Meredith Whittaker

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Meredith Whittaker
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkley
EmployerNew York University AI Now Institute

Meredith Whittaker is a research scientist at New York University and co-founder of the AI Now Institute there. She leads Google's Open Research Group and the Google Measurement Lab, the world's largest collection of open Internet performance data. She has advised the White House and Federal Communications Commission on artificial intelligence and cyber security.

Early life and education[edit]

Whittaker completed her bachelor's degree at University of California, Berkeley.[1]

Research and career[edit]

Whittaker joined Google in 2006.[1] She was the founder of Open Source Research.[2] Open Source Research looks to solve global problems in collaboration with academics. Whittaker is a speaker at the 2018 World Summit on AI.[3] Whittaker has advised the White House on Artificial Intelligence.[4][5][6] She has written for the American Civil Liberties Union.[7]


Measurement Lab was founded by Vint Cerf and Whittaker in 2012 to provide researchers access to open-source broadband measurement tools.[8]

AI Now[edit]

The AI Now Institute was founded by Kate Crawford and Whittaker in 2017 after a symposium hosted by the White House.[9][10][11] It is located at New York University.[11] It researches the impact of artificial intelligence on society.[11] AI Now is partners with the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, New York University Center for Data Science and Partnership on AI.[12] They produce annual reports that examine the social implications of artificial intelligence, including bias, rights and liberties.[13] AI Now will focus on four themes:[14]

  • Bias and inclusion
  • Labour and automation
  • Rights and Liberties
  • Safety and civil infrastructure


  1. ^ a b "Scientifically Verifiable Broadband Policy | Berkman Klein Center". Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  2. ^ Gershgorn, Dave. "The field of AI research is about to get way bigger than code". Quartz. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  3. ^ "World Summit AI | Meet 140 of the world's brightest AI brains". World Summit AI Amsterdam. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  4. ^ AI Now Institute (2016-07-25), AI Now Overview and Introduction from the White House | AI Now 2016, retrieved 2018-07-07
  5. ^ "Meredith Whittaker at Artificial Intelligence Conference in San Francisco 2018". Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  6. ^ "NYU's Information Law Institute and White House jointly present symposium on implications of artificial intelligence technologies | NYU School of Law". Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  7. ^ "Algorithms Are Making Government Decisions. The Public Needs to Have a Say". American Civil Liberties Union. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  8. ^ "Meredith Whittaker and Thomas Gideon on Scientifically Verifiable Broadband Policy | Berkman Klein Center". Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  9. ^ "Biased AI Is A Threat To Civil Liberties. The ACLU Has A Plan To Fix It". Fast Company. 2017-07-25. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  10. ^ "The Social and Economic Implications of Artificial Intelligence Technologies in the Near-Term - Future of Life Institute". Future of Life Institute. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  11. ^ a b c "About". Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  12. ^ "Apply - Interfolio". Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  13. ^ "Research". Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  14. ^ "Research". Retrieved 2018-07-07.