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NPR article on our work in Togo

Read about our work on NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2021/02/15/966848542/the-pandemic-pushed-this-farmer-into-deep-poverty-then-something-amazing-happene Shegun Adjadi Bakari, advisor to Togo’s president, consulted with Esther Duflo, who in 2019 won a Nobel prize for her experimental approach to alleviating poverty — using randomized control trials to see if programs...
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Lab wins data.org funding

Our work, a partnership between GiveDirectly and CEGA, was one of 8 awardees (out of 1350 applicants) of the data.org Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge. Read the press release here: https://www.mastercardcenter.org/press-releases/dataorg-challenge-awardees-announcement. hm

Lab research featured on Wired

Wired Magazine covered our work in Togo in the article, “A Clever Strategy to Distribute Covid Aid—With Satellite Data” Lawson was proud to see government aid sent so fast, but as Covid-19 spread she also worried her program wasn’t able...
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Funding from Social Science Research Council

Zoe Kahn received a “Just Tech” grant from the Social Science Research Council for her work, done with Emily Aiken and Joshua Blumenstock, “Covid-19 Social Impact Scenarios: Bridging the Knowledge Gap between Technical System Outputs and Policymaking.” Congrats Zoe! Full...
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FastCompany covers lab research

Read about our recent work in the FastCompany article on our work with GiveDirectly in Togo Josh Blumenstock, associate professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information, first wrote the paper on mapping poverty using satellite and mobile data in 2017, before...
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Paper presented at KDD workshop on Humanitarian Mapping

Our work on “Privacy Guarantees for Personal Mobility Data in Humanitarian Response” will be presented at the KDD workshop on Humanitarian Mapping (https://kdd-humanitarian-mapping.herokuapp.com/). Full citation information below: Kohli, N., Aiken, E., and Blumenstock, J.E. (2020). Privacy Guarantees for Personal Mobility...
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Paper accepted at ICML

Our paper, “Balancing Competing Objectives for Welfare-Aware Machine Learning with Imperfect Data”, was accepted for oral presentation at the International Conference on Machine Learning (IMCL 2020). Full citation below: Rolf, E., Simchowitz, M., Dean, S., Liu, L., Bj{\”o}rkegren, D., Hardt,...
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NSF CAREER award announced

Lab director Blumenstock was recently awarded the prestigious NSF CAREER Award (Faculty Early Career Development Program). The grant provides 5 years of funding for a new research agenda focused on “Welfare-Centric Machine Learning”. Read more about the award here.

Forthcoming paper at ICTD 2020

Niall Keleher, Joshua Blumenstock, and co-authors had a paper accepted for publication at the The 11th International ACM/IEEE Conference on Information & Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2020), to be held in Guayaquil, Ecuador. ICTD is the premiere venue for...
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3 papers to be presented at Pac-Dev

The lab had three papers accepted for presentation at the 13th annual Pacific Conference for Development Economics (PacDev), one of the major annual conferences dedicated to development economics. Citation details are below: Aiken, E., and Blumenstock, J.E. (2020). Targeting Humanitarian...
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