digital HKS Fellows

The digital HKS fellowship provides a space for experts in the field of digital technology and government to explore ideas through research and engagement with the digital HKS community. digital HKS fellows are responsible for exploring a digital technology topic that sits at the intersection of technology and public policy. Fellows will produce a white paper as well as a supporting convening.

yasoYaso Córdova (@yaso) is an activist, researcher, and developer. She is an affiliated to the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University, where she works on technologies to bootstrap democracy, using open data, privacy, online identity, and blockchain. She is also a fellow at the Center for technology and Society at Fundacao Getúlio Vargas (CTS-FGV), researching data extraction for social impact and public policies, besides smart cities and discrimination. She held several positions within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and as Web Specialist, she was one of the chairs of the Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group. At the United Nations, working at the Brazilian Presidency and Ministries of Justice and Culture, she successfully co-led platforms for Brazil’s participatory lawmaking. She also led/ participated in multiple free/open source software projects. Nowadays, she is an active advisor of the Serenata de Amor anti-corruption project, which she presented in the Brazilian Congress in 2017. She regularly writes for Privacy International/Coding Rights and has won twice the Vladimir Herzog prize, the major prize in Brazil for journalism and human rights. She is a counselor of the  Nucleus of Studies on Technology and Society of the University of São Paulo, the Nets_USP, advisor of the nonprofits Open Knowledge Brazil and the Coding Rights Group. She also co-founded the Calango Hackerspace.

jennJenn Gustetic (@jenngustetic) is the Program Executive for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR) at NASA Headquarters. The NASA SBIR and STTR programs fund small businesses approximately $200M annually for research, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies that fulfill NASA needs and have significant potential for successful commercialization. Previously, Ms. Gustetic worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Assistant Director for Open Innovation where she was responsible for scaling the use of open innovation approaches like prizes, crowdsourcing, and citizen science across the Federal Government. Among other accomplishments, in this role she co-founded GSA’s program and oversaw a cumulative doubling of the use of incentive prizes government-wide (from 350 total prizes conducted from 2010-2014 to 700 total prizes from 2010-2016). Ms. Gustetic holds a bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in technology policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (more)

tristanTristian Harris (@tristanharris) is called the “closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience,” by The Atlantic magazine, Tristan Harris was previously a Design Ethicist at Google and left  to lead Time Well Spent, a non-profit movement to align technology with our humanity. Time Well Spent aims to transform the race for attention by revealing how technology steers two billion people’s thoughts and choices, and by demonstrating how new incentives and design practices can transform our technology environment to align with our best interest. Tristan has spent a decade researching what influences our minds, drawing on insights from sleight of hand magic, linguistics, persuasive technology, cult psychology, behavioral economics and more. Currently he is developing a framework for ethical persuasion, especially as it relates to the moral responsibility of technology companies. His work has been featured on TED [1,2], 60 MinutesBill MaherPBS NewsHourThe AtlanticCode1843 Economist MagazineWiredNYTimesDer SpiegelNY Review of BooksRue89 and more. 

richardRichard Pope (@richardjpope) is the Head of Design at IF (, a design studio that works with organizations to design trusted services and further digital rights by approaching hard problems around accountability, machine learning, and privacy through the lens of design. He was part of the founding team at the UK Government Digital Service as product manager for the first versions of GOV.UK, which went on to win the Design of the Year award in 2013, and co-authored the Digital by Default Service Standard, which all UK government digital services must meet. He worked with policy and delivery teams across the UK government redesigning government services in policy areas as diverse as welfare, land registration, and employment. In 2009 Richard setup the digital team at Consumer Focus, the UK’s statutory consumer rights body and co-founded the Rewired State series of hack-days that aimed to get more developers and designers working on issues of digital government. He was involved in the early days of the UK civic tech scene and worked at various start-ups as a technologist and designer, including printing company and data science platform

zaraZara Rahman (@zararah) is a Berlin-based researcher, writer, and linguist who is interested in the intersection of power, technology and people. Her past work has included campaigning for an access to information law in Spain, investigating the use and availability of open data in the extractive industries in the Middle East, and supporting data literacy efforts with civil society and journalists across the world with School of Data. In 2015, she co-hosted a podcast exploring issues around colonialism and technology, and she was a 2016/17 fellow at Data & Society based in NYC, where she worked on creative and artistic ways of boosting critical data and tech literacy. She is a regular contributor to Global Voices, where she writes about technology and digital rights in Bangladesh. She currently works at international non-profit organisation The Engine Room, where she has carried out research on use of technology tools for documenting human rights violations, looked into digital security needs of civil society, and supported the growth of the Responsible Data community. As part of a fantastic team, she supports The Engine Room's efforts at strengthening the effective use of technology in civil society, particularly thinking about how complex ideas can be explained in clear and simple ways, and exploring creative ways to engage new audiences around the role of technology in society. With a bit of adjustment time, she speaks fluent French, Spanish and German, and can often be found reading or cycling. She tweets from @zararah, and blogs occasionally at

mayaMaya Shankar works at Google as their Head of Behavioral Science. Prior to joining Google, Maya served as a Senior Advisor in the Obama White House, where she founded and served as Chair of the White House's Behavioral Science Team -- a team of scientists charged with improving public policy using research insights about human behavior. In 2016, Maya served as the first Behavioral Science Advisor to the United Nations. Maya completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience at Stanford, after receiving a Ph.D. from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and a B.A. from Yale in cognitive science. She has been profiled in the New Yorker and her work has been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American, Forbes, and in NPR's All Things Considered and Freakonomics. Maya is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music's pre-college division and is a former private violin student of Itzhak Perlman.

If you'd like to contact a fellow please email Vanessa Rhinesmith, Program Manager, digital HKS.