- Latanya Sweeney
- professor of government and technology in residence
- Harvard University
Latanya Sweeney is a computer scientist who creates and uses technology to assess and solve societal, political and governance problems, and teaches others how to do the same. She is director of the Data Privacy Lab, which she founded at Carnegie Mellon University and which is now housed at Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science. She was formerly the Chief Technology Officer (also called the Chief Technologist) at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Her work on data privacy technology was recognized by the Patient Privacy Rights Foundation with the 2014 Louis D. Brandeis Privacy Award and has also won awards from the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Informatics Association and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Sweeney is an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and author of more than 100 academic publications and patents. She holds a PhD in computer science from MIT.
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