I am a research scientist at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society’s AI & Society Lab. My research focuses on safeguarding values and causal inference in AI systems.
From basic IT to advanced AI systems, digital technologies hold great promise for solving the scientific and societal challenges of the 21st century. But there is growing evidence that if not designed or governed well, these technologies can create new problems and threaten fundamental rights. I study this tension.
I mix empirical and computational methods to observe and make sense of the digital ecosystem. I then explore technical and institutional mechanisms that facilitate the safeguarding of transparency, equality, privacy, and other values. I have published on a variety of these topics.
Previously, I worked at TU Delft, where I also obtained my PhD degree in Information Security Economics. In 2016, I was a visiting research scholar at Princeton University’s Center for IT Policy. Prior to my research career, I worked for several years as a software engineer and entrepreneur in Tehran.
Last Update: Oct 2021.