Fatima Alam

Fatima Alam

Technology and Democracy Fellow, AY 2017-18
Fatima Alam

Fatima Alam is a Researcher on Trust and Safety at Google. Previously, as a Public Policy Analyst she advised on cartography and mapping policies, and also on the economic and social value of Internet technologies in emerging markets. She has also worked in Political Risk Analysis. Broadly, her research has involved a deepening interest in the way policy decisions are made in the areas of Science and Technology in democracies around the world, and the various roles played therein by elected representatives, bureaucrats, subject matter experts, civil society, and industry.

Fatima has an eclectic academic background. She read Literature at St. Stephen's College, Delhi; Politics at Trinity College, Cambridge; and International Economic and International Relations at School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

During the Fellowship, she will be exploring how the role of technology for social impact is understood by technologists and policymakers. This is particularly relevant as technologists and policymakers alike realize how culture and politics influence the uses to which a product is put after its launch, and these uses can evolve over months, if not years. Examples range from the role played by Twitter in the Arab Spring to the use of Telegraph by the Islamic State.

Follow Fatima on Twitter: @fatimaalam

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