Justine Cassell

Justine Cassell

Justine Cassell is the Associate Dean of Technology Strategy and Impact at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, and the Director Emerita of the Human Computer Interaction Institute. She co-directs the Yahoo-CMU InMind partnership on the future of personal assistants.

Previously, Justine was a member of faculty at Northwestern University where she founded the Technology and Social Behavior Doctoral Program and Research Center. Before that, she was a tenured professor at the MIT Media Lab.

Justine has received the MIT Edgerton Prize, along with the 2008 Leadership Abie Award. In 2011, she was accepted into the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on AI and Robotics. In 2012, she was named a AAAS fellow; in 2016, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Scotland; and in 2017, she was made a Fellow of the ACM.

Justine  is a visiting researcher at the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) and the SMART Labex at the Sorbonne in Paris, where she holds a 2017–18 Chaire Blaise Pascal. She has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos for the past seven years on topics concerning the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics on society.

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Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
  • Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols.

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event. 

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