About the Center

Areas of Focus & Leadership

Areas of Focus

CTSP has four broad areas of focus. We’ve listed a few questions under each area to stimulate thinking—but these are just a start, not a complete picture of the many possibilities and interesting questions in each space.

What are the ethics of software engineering? What values are instantiated in the design of apps, Internet services and technical systems? How should systems adapt to end-user values? How might Big Data assist or threaten values? What makes algorithms biased? How might product, design and engineering processes better incorporate ethical considerations?

What are the implications of the policies that govern how we use and interact with technology? Does policy making in the tech sphere produce expected outcomes, or unintended consequences? How can we measure and evaluate how well tech policy succeeds or fails?

How can we develop and support more “technical diplomats” — skilled technologists who can build bridges between the tech world and the public sphere? How do we interest and encourage more technologists to bring their knowledge and skills to bear in policymaking and public service? How do we create more opportunities for those with this unique skill-set without requiring a law degree? 

How is technology changing the nature of citizenship? How can we support free speech and protect against harassment? How can technology support participation in the political process? How does social media affect the behaviors of citizens, politicians, government agencies, corporations and NGOs? Is technology widening a partisan gap? How might technology narrow it? How can we use Big Data to understand public opinion and social movements?


For 2016-2017 academic year the CTSP is led by co-directors Jennifer King and Elaine Sedenberg.
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Jennifer King


Jen King is in her final year as a PhD Candidate at the School of Information. She examines information privacy and policy by conducting empirical research based in human-computer interaction. Her dissertation work explores how people make decisions to disclose their personal information to companies. Jen has a MIMS degree also from the School of Information, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science (Honors) from the University of California, Irvine. Prior to entering academia, Jen worked her way through several early internet start-ups in product management roles, including working in online community, customer trust and security at Yahoo!. She was also the resident technologist at the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley Law prior to entering the Ph.D program. Jen’s privacy research has been selected for the Future of Privacy Forum’s Privacy Papers for Policy Makers series (2010, 2012), and she has been an invited speaker before the Federal Trade Commission 


Elaine Sedenberg


Elaine Sedenberg is a PhD student at the School of Information specializing in responsible information sharing and the legal, ethical, and economic aspects of data access for research purposes. Her dissertation focuses on industry research practices regarding the sharing and use of user-generated data. Elaine has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UT Austin, and previously worked in Washington D.C. at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI). Send Elaine a message on Twitter.

Faculty and staff of the School of Information provide advice and guidance to the co-directors. Anno Saxenian, Steven Weber, Deirdre Mulligan and Jesse Goldhammer serve on our oversight committee. Seed funding for CTSP has been provided by Google as an unrestricted grant. CTSP welcomes additional partners to provide ongoing financial support.

Founding Directors (2015-2016)

Nicholas Doty

Nicholas Doty


Nick Doty is a PhD Candidate at the School of Information, studying how privacy and other values are considered during the technical design process. He researches privacy in technical standard-setting and other multi-stakeholder fora and co-teaches the Technology & Delegation seminar. He also works with the World Wide Web Consortium and Internet Architecture Board on improving support for privacy and security in Web and Internet standards. Send Nick an email or a message on Twitter.


Galen Panger


Galen Panger is a PhD Candidate at the School of Information, specializing in social media behavior, happiness and well-being, and behavioral economics. His dissertation examines growing interest in using social media ‘Big Data’ to make inferences about public well-being. Galen also recently worked with the UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly to produce the graduate student happiness and well-being report. He has a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Stanford and worked for three years in Washington, D.C. for Google. Send Galen an email or a message on Twitter.

Research Assistant


Matthew Nagamine


Matthew Nagamine recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in African American Studies. As an undergraduate, Matt worked in Professor Nikki Jones‘ Justice Interactions Lab, researching the intersections of race, gender and justice. Matt also worked for UC Berkeley’s Social Science Matrix on the Research Network Graph project–an interactive data visualization tool to navigate, access, and understand social science research at UC Berkeley.

Web Developer


Rohit Raghavan


Rohit Raghavan is a Master’s candidate at the UC Berkeley School of Information, specializing in product analytics and cybersecurity. Before graduate school, he worked as a software engineer with some of the largest telecommunications companies across the globe on their customer relationship management and business support systems.

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