Data policy expert and author Ellen Broad joins 3A Institute

Thursday 12 September 2019

The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science is excited to announce the appointment of internationally recognised data policy expert Ellen Broad as Senior Fellow at the 3A Institute (3Ai).

Ellen joins a multi-disciplinary team at a crucial time for the institute, as it moves into the next stage of building a new applied science to manage artificial intelligence safely to scale.  Ellen’s expertise in AI, data policy, ethics and data standards will support the core activities of the institute.

3Ai Director, Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell said: “we are focused on cyber-physical systems at scale. And cyber-physical systems are built on data – so we know we have to solve the data problem first.

“We are excited to bring in Ellen’s experience working at the highest levels with government and industry to translate research into practical solutions for organisations looking to use AI, while mitigating unintended consequences and harms. Ellen’s many years working on a range of data policy, standards and analytics projects means she will hit the ground running.”

Ellen has written extensively on artificial intelligence, open data, data ethics and privacy. Her book, Made by humans: the AI condition, has been a science and technology bestseller, highly influential in Australian AI policy discussions, and is included in The Best Australian Science Writing 2019.

Before returning to Australia, Ellen was the Head of Policy at the Open Data Institute (ODI) founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, and also served as ministerial adviser on data to senior UK Cabinet Minister Elizabeth Truss.

She also held roles as Manager of Digital Policy and Projects for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (Netherlands), Executive Officer for the Australian Digital Alliance, and was most recently, Head of Technical Delivery, Consumer Data Standards for CSIRO's Data61.

“I feel privileged to be joining 3Ai at this critical time,” Ellen said.

“With such a richness of discussion around deploying safe, trusted autonomous systems at scale going on at 3Ai, across ANU and around the world, there is much to be inspired by and learn from. Every conversation I’ve had with people at 3Ai has left me with fresh ideas, alternative ways to approach a problem and renewed energy. I can’t believe I’ll get to have these conversations every day.”

Ellen is a member of the Australian government’s National Data Advisory Council and has even co-designed a board game about open data with ODI CEO Jeni Tennison OBE, which is being played in 19 countries.

Ellen Broad will be presenting a public talk in the College Seminar Series on 25 September entitled Green lights, grim signs and guard rails: what does ‘ethical’ AI mean in practice?

Ellen will officially start at the 3A Institute in mid-October 2019.



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