Mark Latonero

Mark Latonero

Mark Latonero, PhD, is the Lead Researcher for the Data & Human Rights program at Data & Society Research Institute in New York. In addition to the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law, he is a fellow at USC Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership & Policy and at Leiden University in The Hague. Latonero has also been an innovation consultant with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Previously, he was a research professor at USC where he led the Technology and Human Trafficking Initiative. Latonero works on the social impact of emerging technologies particularly in human rights and humanitarian contexts. His research examines the benefits, risks, and harms of data-centric and automated technologies particularly where vulnerable populations are concerned. He has published on a number topics such as the role of networked technologies and data analytics in human trafficking, migration, and refugee contexts. He has led field research in a dozen countries including Cambodia, Greece, Haiti, Pakistan, Philippines, Serbia, and Sri Lanka. These projects have been supported by the US Department of Justice, Open Society Foundations, Humanity United, USAID, and UNICEF among others. Latonero completed his PhD at the University of Southern California and was a postdoctoral scholar at the London School of Economics.