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Category – Socially Responsible Computing

Seny Kamara Delivers "Crypto For The People (Part 2)" At Usenix Enigma '22

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Brown CS Professor Seny Kamara's keynote for CRYPTO 2020, "Crypto for the People", which took a critical look at who benefits from cryptography as it currently stands and explores how it can be used to fight oppression and violence, has already received more than 11,000 views. Seny describes it as an atypical keynote that was shaped by his experience of being Black, an immigrant, an applied cryptographer, and in particular, an outsider: one of perhaps only two or three Black cryptographers in the world. Last month, he followed it up with an invited talk ("Crypto for the People (Part 2)") …

Malte Schwarzkopf's Innovative Teaching Earns A Wriston Fellowship For Privacy-Aware Programming Research

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Brown University's Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship is awarded each year to regular untenured members of the faculty who have achieved a record of excellence in teaching and scholarship during their first years at Brown. This year's winner, chosen by a faculty committee, is Professor Malte Schwarzkopf of Brown CS. The honor includes a semester of leave on special assignment at full compensation.

Diverse Career Paths: Brown CS Alum Jemma Issroff Works On Ruby And Strives For Ethical Impact

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"One huge highlight of my work is the effect and impact my projects have had on others,” says Brown CS alum Jemma Issroff, whose career path has allowed her to work on a wide variety of projects as podcast host, author, and backend software developer. She’s an excellent example of someone who’s able to work on highly technical challenges while still having an effect on the communities that matter to her. After several different experiences as a programmer, Jemma has found a home at Shopify, doing work that she feels has a true impact on users.  

Bot Quite Sure

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My name is Madeline Greenberg and I am the Project Manager for ‘Choreorobotics 0101’ – the first course to be cross-listed across the TAPS and CS departments. I have been organizing the Choreorobotics Initiative at Brown for the past 6 months, corralling teams of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff as we work to develop the course’s curriculum. 

Choreorobotics is novel. What that means is that we don’t know what we’re doing. We are each experts, incredibly competent and hard working in various fields including but not limited to choreographics and robotics, but we’re entirely making this up as …

Why Choreorobotics

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My name is Megan and I belong to a weird cohort of highly-specific nerds who are artists but also techies but also care about humanity but also think about the philosophical and ethical implications of their work. I am a professional dancer/choreographer who is finishing up a Master's in computer science. Over the past few years, I’ve been trying to bridge the gap between dance and computer science in a variety of projects – using a Kinect sensor and Unity to make a really hacky version of Just Dance, building a 3D convolutional neural network to recognize tap dance steps …

Brown CS Students, Alums, And Brown Journalism Students Tackle RI's Opioid Crisis With Data

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This report was part of the Rhode Island Data Journalism Project and has been reprinted with kind permission from The Public's Radio. For other news stories, visit https://thepublicsradio.orgdownload their apps, or tune your radio to 89.3 FM.

Rhodes Technologies and Rhodes Pharmaceuticals, subsidiaries of Purdue Pharma, produced pills and raw opioid ingredients out of a factory complex in Coventry.

by Hal Triedman

Since 2003, Bill Muzzy has lived on Pulaski Street in Coventry, Rhode Island, right next door to a factory compound. Like many of his neighbors, Muzzy knew that the compound made pharmaceutical ingredients. But he …