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The Renée Cummings Conversation

Renée Cummings is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) ethicist and the first Data Activist in Residence, at the School of Data Science, at the University of Virginia. She is also a criminologist, criminal psychologist, therapeutic jurisprudence specialist and a Community Scholar at Columbia University.


Celebrated as one of the world’s leading women in AI, Renée specializes in AI leadership, AI policy development, AI governance, public service AI, AI risk management, AI crisis communication, building ethical AI and using AI to save lives. Renée is committed to using AI to empower and transform, helping governments and organizations navigate the AI landscape and develop future AI leaders. 


Renée is the co-director of the Public Interest Technology (PIT) University Network, at the University of Virginia, and on the Board of Advisors of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. She’s a founding board member of the Springer journal AI Ethics. She is also on the board of Women in Voice as well as on the board of Inspired Minds, producers of the World Summit AI.


Renée lectures extensively on AI and Data Ethics and contributed significantly to the creation of the first Ethical Emerging Technologist certification. Celebrate by Coursera, the online education platform of over 92 million users, as one the leading experts and educators in AI, she lectures on, solving business problems with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, how to follow a Machine Learning workflow, promoting the ethical use of data driven technologies, detecting, and mitigating ethical risks and communicating effectively about ethical risks in data-driven technologies.


Committed to justice, equality, empowerment, and democracy, Renée is a champion for the voices of the historically underrepresented in STEM and technological advancement and increases the visibility and lifts the voices of vulnerable communities in AI and new and emerging technologies, forcing us to reimagine data science and stretch the ethical imagination of AI. Through her activism and research, Renée is creating space for people without power to participate meaningfully in the process of designing, developing, and deploying AI.


Through rigorous thinking, meaningful participation, and scholarship, Renée advocates for AI we can trust, fair, accountable, transparent, explainable, responsible, and principled as well as more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Renée is on the frontline of ethical AI, generating real time justice-oriented solutions to the consequences of AI and the impacts of data and technology on society. A thought-leader, motivational speaker, and mentor, Renée has mastered the art of creative storytelling, science communication and deconstructing complex topics into critical everyday conversations that inform and inspire.

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The Renée Cummings Conversation
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Recorded in Spring 2022

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