CTSP will has four primary areas of focus for this year. These written descriptions are intended to prompt engagement with these broad areas and their intersections with technology, society, and policy. They are not a complete description of the interesting and important intersections that CTSP might fund.
Health + Sensors
How can new sensing technologies shift what we know and are able to accomplish? How can we change our use, design, and regulation for technology to improve individual and community wellness and healthcare? Projects can include: exploring the implications of the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities/landscapes, ambient sensors, wearables, audio/video surveillance, personal well-being, promoting healthy communities, enhancing healthcare, and providing universal designs that increase accessibility.
- 2021 Leveraging the Communicative, Social and Health Benefits of Drumming in Early Childhood
- 2021 Alternative Emergency Response for People Who Cannot Call 911
- 2020 Conversational Physical Activity Coaches for Diverse Individuals with Low Literacy
- 2020 Regulating Medical Data Sharing
Sustaining Democracy and Building Community
Projects in this area should focus on the “public sector” broadly construed. What are mechanisms for supporting accountability, representation, and robust protection of rights and responsibilities in civic life? Topics may include: democracy, housing, elections, “fake news”, free speech, public discourse, environmental policies and governance, harassment and participation in online media, schooling, welfare, criminal legal system and its alternatives, and empowering citizens through open data and education.
- 2021 Solidarity, Not Charity!: Mutual Aid, Scalability, and Building Community Resilience
- 2021 Activism Always: A Student Initiative for Data in the Social Impact Sector
- 2020 A Restorative Justice Approach to Online Moderation
- 2020 Disability Disclosures on Online Communities
- 2020 Interrogating Visions of Bay Area Passenger Rail Futures: The Mutual Shaping of Technology Companies and Public Transit Vision Plans
- 2020 Tackling Misinformation Through Media Literacy
- 2020 Data for Defenders
- 2020 Digital Tools for Decentralized Networks
- 2020 Understanding Online Reputation Damage and Repair for Student Activists
Integrating Safety & Privacy
Questions about security are framed by many as a trade-off between safety and privacy. We welcome projects that challenge or broaden this framing and encourage integration of the two, seeking to identify how safety and privacy are facilitated or limited in multiple scenarios and where people or groups are “differentially vulnerable.” This focus area includes reimagining cybersecurity online as well as its effects and inputs offline.
- 2021 Examining the Landscape of Digital Security and Privacy Assistance for Racial Minority Groups
- 2020 Cybersecurity Graphic Materials
- 2020 Privacy & Consumer Power
- 2020 Developing A Common Vocabulary Around Privacy And Security Concepts With Elderly Users
- 2020 Privacy Preserving Machine Learning for Autonomous Vehicle
Just Algorithms: Fairness, Transparency, and Justice
Algorithmic processes are implicated in allocative and representational harms while driving immense value creation. Researchers are currently investigating questions of fairness and transparency within algorithmic systems, exploring whether and how algorithms are used to further the cause of justice. This focus area expands beyond fairness and transparency to consider more broadly what just algorithmic systems are and highlights the importance of looking beyond just the algorithms. Projects in this focus area may receive joint sponsorship from the UC Berkeley Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity working group (AFOG).
- 2021 The Distressing Ads that Persist: Uncovering the Persuasive Logics and Emotional Harms of User Targeted Diet Ads
- 2020 Surveillance Technology as Infrastructure: A Case Study of Oakland’s Algorithmic Policing Practices
- 2020 Algorithmic Fairness in Mediated Markets
- 2020 An alternate lexicon for AI
- 2020 Environmental conservation in the age of algorithms: from data to decisions
- 2020 State-Firm Coproduction of China’s Social Credit System