An honest but humble critic. Chooses her words carefully. Loves to get lost in the weeds and find her way back.
Natasha Duarte is a project director at Upturn. Based in Washington D.C., Upturn advances equity and justice in the design, governance, and use of technology. Natasha leads Upturn’s housing work, which focuses on understanding and limiting the use of digital records and tenant screening technologies as barriers to housing. Natasha’s other areas of research include the application of civil rights laws to hiring technologies and online advertising.
Before she came to Upturn, Natasha worked at the Center for Democracy & Technology, where she managed a broad portfolio of projects at the intersection of technology, equity, and individual rights. Natasha has authored reports on the impacts of algorithms in government surveillance, online content moderation, mobile health apps, and K-12 education.
Natasha is a 2016 graduate of the joint J.D.-M.A. program in the School of Law and the School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina. She served on the North Carolina Law Review Board of Editors, wrote her thesis on predictive policing technologies, and interned at the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. She earned her B.A. from the UNC School of Journalism and Media with a focus on reporting.
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We responded to the Federal Trade Commission’s request for information on tenant screening technologies, demonstrating how they drive housing insecurity and discrimination.Housing
We wrote an issue brief offering guidance and recommendations for advocates and policymakers who seek to draft or support eviction record sealing laws.Housing
We sent a letter urging the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy to fully incorporate the Biden administration’s commitment to racial equity into its AI and technology priorities.Across the Field
In this report, we investigate how large hourly employers are using technology to hire for low-wage hourly jobs. We scrutinize 15 online application processes, raise concerns with selection procedures like personality tests, and offer recommendations for employers and policymakers.Labor and Employment