Empathetic and always learning. Loves silliness, the dramatic, and a good critique.
Emma Weil is a Policy Analyst at Upturn. Emma’s work has included major research into the scope of law enforcement’s power to search cell phones, and also technical assistance and advocacy concerning access to social safety net programs — such as work with Legal Aid to maintain and reinstate people’s enrollment in Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income. Emma is interested in how technology can both obscure and be the site of political issues. They focus on the connections between policing, the social safety net, credit, labor, and race, class, gender, and disability. Emma previously interned at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, researching and writing about Internet of Things surveillance.
Emma has a B.A. in computer science from Harvard University, where they studied operating systems, the history of technology, and studio art. In their free time they can be found biking, watching horror movies, or at a punk concert.
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This report is the most comprehensive examination of U.S. law enforcement’s use of mobile device forensic tools. Our research shows that every American is at risk of having their phone forensically searched by law enforcement.Policing
In Logic Magazine, Emma writes about starter interrupt devices, the small networked devices that are killing car engines and ruining people’s lives.Credit and Finance
We submitted comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ request for information on Access to Care and Coverage for People Enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. These comments focus on the ways that the technology used to administer Medicaid — in particular, Medicaid Long-Term Services & Supports — can increase barriers to accessing care.Public Benefits