I am a transdisciplinary researcher and technologist.
I have carried research in academia (UC Berkeley), big tech (Facebook AI) and start-up environments (Bloom, Jalgos).
I went from building algorithms to analysing how they impact our society. Nowdays, I focus on tracking and exposing algorithmic biases, with a focus on social media recommendations.
Below is a selection of my works that have been featured in the media, including the New York Times, O’Reilly, the Brookings Institute…
Research & Projects
- Tracking.Exposed: Monitoring the algorithms of YouTube, Facebook, Amazon and PornHub.
- Visiting Researcher, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley
- Affiliated Scholar, Tech Policy Lab, CITRIS and Banatao Institute
- Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity research group, School of Information, UC Berkeley
An analysis of YouTube’s promotion of conspiratorial content
Lead author of an audit of YouTube’s recommendation engine. The study was published with the New York Times, and was cited by US Congress in a formal letter to the CEO’s of Google and YouTube. Interviews featured in le Monde and the BBC.
The analysis relied on a monitoring infrastructure paired with a machine learning classifier to detect conspiratorial content.
AlgoTransparency AlgoTransparency is aimed at monitoring the channels most promoted by YouTube’s recommendation engine to logged-out users.
Investigating Sniper Ad Targeting A master thesis project investigating whether and how an malign ads can be tailored and sent to a single individual. Advised by Professor Deirdre Mulligan. Introductory video here.
Auditing a Judicial Algorithm In depth-analysis of a Pretrial Risk-Assessment Tool used in the U.S to determine whether a defendant should be placed in detention before their trial. Research presented at the Information Ethics Roundtable at Northeastern University.
Cybersecurity Consulting Consulting within the Citizen Clinic for a civil-rights NGO from central-America, to help them defend against cyber-threats and state-surveillance.
Research Scientist - Facebook AI (2020): Research collaboration with UC Berkeley to improve disinformation classification algorithms.
Algorithm Designer - Bloom (2018): Design an influence ranking model for social media posts.
Algorithm Designer - Jalgos (2016): Design and Implementation of data-intensive algorithmic solutions for Fortune 500 companies.
Freelance Developer (2013-17): Several projects, involving discrete optimisation, resource allocation and web semantics.
Talks & Lectures
Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas - Dec 2020: Guest Lecturer, Primavera de Philippi’s class Digital Administrations.
US State Department - July 2020: Recommender Systems and Power Dynamics 1h30 lecture for members of the State Department and US Cyber Command, in a series hosted by Clint Watts.
UC Berkeley - GEESE Panel: The Role and Impact of Auditing Algorithms
UC Berkeley - Fall 2019: Guest Lecturer, Steve Weber’s Applied Behavioral Economics
Northeastern University - Spring 2019: Information Ethics Roundtable, paper presentation.
UC Berkeley School of Information - Master of Science
Transdisciplinary perspectives on societal, legal and ethical impacts of technology on society. (MIMS program)
Télécom Paris - Diplome d’Ingénieur
Télécom is France’s top Computer Science school. The engineering degree (undergrad + MS) captures a broad technical understanding of computational systems and networks. Double-degree MS in Data Science at Eurecom.
In the news
COVID-19 is triggering a massive experiment in algorithmic content moderation. by Marc Faddoul
Toward Algorithmic Humility an essay by Marc Faddoul on the design of algorithmic sentencing tools and their alarming false positive rates.