This collaboration is an important opportunity to ensure that artificial intelligence and machine learning are developed in ways that enhance, rather than threaten, human rights and civil liberties. We are pleased to have a seat at the table alongside leaders of science and industry, who will shape not only the future of AI, but the future of human society. The ACLU of Massachusetts is proud of our long legacy defending and expanding core civil rights and civil liberties, and we stand ready to champion these core values in the brave new world of intelligent machines. Together, we can ensure that scientific and industry leaders who are coding the future do so in ways that promote equality, justice, and freedom for all people.

Carol Rose is the Executive Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts (, a nonpartisan organization with over 35,000 members and supporters in Massachusetts (more than 800,000 nationwide) that uses litigation, legislation, media, and organizing to promote civil rights and defend civil liberties.

In 2013, Rose launched the ACLU of Massachusetts’ “Technology for Liberty” project, focusing on the civil liberties implications and promise of new technology. Under Rose’s leadership, the Technology for Liberty project has won significant legal victories, such as strengthening the warrant requirements for government agents seeking to access to digital information, challenging government secret surveillance of political activists, defending the right of people to record the police, and challenging the government’s secret use of the “All Writs Act” against technology companies. In 2015, the Technology for Liberty project was recognized as a leader in the law and technology space when the Ford Foundation and Mozilla selected the ACLU of Massachusetts as a host organization for a groundbreaking program that places technologists from around the world in human rights organizations. Rose is a frequent speaker on technology and civil liberties issues, including the 2014 White House conference on big data privacy at MIT and the 2016 Forum on Data Privacy hosted by the Internet Policy Research Initiative at MIT.

She is a graduate of Stanford University (BSc 1983), the London School of Economics (MSc 1985), and Harvard Law School (JD 1996).

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