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David Robinson

Managing Director (on leave)

David is currently a Visiting Scientist in the AI Policy and Practice Initiative, in Cornell's College of Computing and Information Science. You can reach him at david.robinson@cornell.edu.

David Robinson is a Managing Director and cofounder of Upturn. David works to empower the public, advocates, and policymakers to influence the high tech systems that shape our daily lives, from courtroom algorithms and “predictive policing” systems to gig economy platforms. He has a long-term interest in concrete ways that data-driven systems can support, or frustrate, civic goals of justice, equity and opportunity. A recent project in this vein is Danger Ahead: Risk Assessment and the Future of Bail Reform.

Before Upturn, David served as the inaugural Associate Director of Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy, a joint venture between the university’s School of Engineering and its Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Before that, he worked as a journalist, launching and serving as managing editor for The American, a magazine of business and economics that was then published by the American Enterprise Institute. He has also written for TIME Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and other leading outlets.

David serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a seminar he created on Governing Automated Decisions. He holds a JD from Yale Law School, and bachelor’s degrees in philosophy from Princeton and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.