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Alondra Nelson Wants to Make Science and Tech More Just

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Alondra Nelson

"What I hope is different and distinctive about this OSTP is a sense of honesty about the past. Science and technology has harmed some communities, left out communities, and left people out of doing the work of science and technology."

In January, Alondra Nelson was appointed as deputy director of science and society in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She will build a science and society division within the OSTP aimed at addressing issues ranging from data and democracy to STEM education.

In an interview, Nelson discusses the Biden administration's plans for scientific moonshots, why the administration has no formal position on banning facial recognition, and issues related to emerging technology and society that she thinks must be addressed during the administration's time in office.

From Wired
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