Research Fellow, Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity; Director, Artificial Intelligence Security Initiative
Jessica Newman is a Research Fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity where she leads the AI Security Initiative (AISI), a hub for interdisciplinary research on the global security implications of artificial intelligence, including the three interconnected challenges of AI vulnerabilities, misuse, and power.
Her research focuses on the governance, policy, and politics of artificial intelligence, with particular attention on comparative analysis of national AI strategies and policies, and of mechanisms to operationalize AI principles including safety, fairness, and accountability. Jessica’s publications include “Decision Points in AI Governance: Three Case Studies Explore Efforts to Operationalize AI Principles,” “Toward AI Security: Global Aspirations for a More Resilient Future,” “AI Principles in Context: Tensions and Opportunities for the United States and China,” and “Designing Risk Communications: A Roadmap for Digital Platforms.” She has additionally provided written analysis for the Government AI Readiness Index and has published dozens of articles on the implications of AI and emerging technologies in outlets including The Hill, USENIX’s ;login:, The Los Angeles Times, and The Pharmaceutical Journal. Her research has been covered in media outlets including VentureBeat, Global Government Forum, and Biometric Update.
Jessica has been invited to consult with policymakers about the development and governance of artificial intelligence including at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the California legislature, and the California Department of Technology. She has also spoken widely on her research, including at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, AI Now, the United Nations AI for Good Global Summit, the Center for Human-Compatible AI, the Global Governance of AI Roundtable at the World Government Summit, and the Foresight Institute.
Jessica contributes to high-impact initiatives working to promote safe and ethical AI around the world. She serves as an AI Policy Specialist to the Future of Life Institute and a Research Advisor to The Future Society. She is also a member of the OECD Network of Experts on AI (ONE AI), the CNAS AI Task Force, the Partnership on AI (PAI) Expert Group on Fair, Transparent, and Accountable AI, and the IEEE Working Group on Recommended Practice for Organizational Governance of Artificial Intelligence. At UC Berkeley, she is a Senior Researcher with the Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity Working Group (AFOG), an Affiliated Scholar with the CITRIS Policy Lab, and a Co-Chair for the University of California Presidential Working Group on Artificial Intelligence.
Jessica was a 2016-17 International and Global Affairs Student Fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, and has held research positions with Harvard’s Program on Science, Technology & Society, the Institute for the Future, and the Center for Genetics and Society. Jessica received her master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, with a concentration in Science and Technology Policy and International and Global Affairs. Her thesis, “Designing Biomedical Partnership: Collective Futures in Big Data and Predictive Health,” was awarded highest distinction honors. Jessica graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.