Meet the Digital Lab Fellows: 5 Lightning Talks on Working to Uncover Tech's Harms

May 18, 2021

On Tuesday, May 18th at 2:00pm ET, the Consumer Reports Digital Lab Fellows will provide a brief update on their work—and how you can get involved.


You’ll hear about new frontiers of digital consumer protection research, from the responsible use of data for machine learning, to measuring the privacy promises of smart speakers, to conducting internet-scale research on deceptive ad practices… and more.

The Digital Lab Fellowship is made possible thanks to generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Craig Newmark Philanthropies. Learn more:

In this fast-paced hour, current fellows will deliver lightning talks about their work. You’ll hear from:


Daniel Dubois, postdoctoral researcher at Northeastern University, on experiments to discover the privacy behaviors of connected devices.


Kasia Chmielinski, Co-founder and Lead of the Data Nutrition Project, on how to encourage the responsible use of data.


Roya Ensafi, Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Michigan, on crowdsourcing data about the privacy and security of VPNs.


Julien Gamba, PhD Student at IMDEA Networks, on dangerous pre-installed apps and other quirks of the Android supply chain.


Arunesh Mathur, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, on scaling up consumer protection research in online advertising.

Opening remarks will be delivered from Doron Weber, Vice President and Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; Marta Tellado, President & CEO of Consumer Reports and Ben Moskowitz, Director of the Consumer Reports Digital Lab

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