William S. Isaac

I am a Research Scientist at Deepmind where I work in the Ethics and Society unit (DMES). I previously served as a Open Society Foundation Fellow and worked at the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG).

My research focuses on the intersection between technology policy, social science, and human rights. I have a specific focus on their potential ramifications on underrepresented communities. Previous research has been featured in publications such as Science, Nature, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.

Selected publications

Here are a few of my recent publications. For a complete list of published papers, see my Google Scholar page and CV.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • To Predict and Serve? | Kristian Lum, William S. Isaac. Significance 13.5 (2016).
  • Hope, Hype, and Fear: The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence in Criminal Justice | William S. Isaac. Ohio St. J. Crim. L. 15.543 (2017)

Other Publications

Working papers

  • Revisiting Where the Rich Rule: Specifying Unequal Public Influence on American Policy Adoption
    • Matt Grossmann & William Isaac. Under review.


Media and Presentations

Media Appearances

  • Media Interview with Mara Hvistendahl. Can ‘predictive policing’ prevent crime before it happens? | Science 353:6307
  • Media Interview with Emily Thomas. Why Oakland Police Turned Down Predictive Policing? | Vice.com
  • Media Interview with Joshua Bernstein. The Ex-Cop at the Center of Controversy Over Crime Prediction Tech | Bloomberg Technology
  • Radio Interview with Lester Graham. Using big data to predict crime might be a flawed approach | Michigan Public Radio