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.
- 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)
- Why big-data analysis of police activity is inherently biased
- William Isaac, Andi Dixon. The Conversation US. May 9, 2017
- Predictive policing violates more than it protects.
- William Isaac, Kristian Lum. USA Today. December 2, 2016
- Revisiting Where the Rich Rule: Specifying Unequal Public Influence on American Policy Adoption
- Matt Grossmann & William Isaac. Under review.
Media and Presentations
- Data and Society Research Institute | New York, NY. 2016
- Stanford Journal of Criminal Law and Policy Symposium | Palo Alto, CA. 2016.
- John Jay College Justice Codes Symposium | New York, NY. 2016.
- University of Michigan Interdisciplinary Workshop on Politics and Policy | Ann Arbor, MI. 2017.
- 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