Public policy

Activism 2.0: Coding against sex trafficking

Thumbnail of video: Coding against Sex Trafficking

1/30/2019 - UC Berkeley's ongoing video series on the intersection of social activism and technology profiles recent CS doctoral graduate Rebecca Sorla Portnoff, who uses her computer security know-how to help catch sex traffickers.

Can the world change course on climate change?

Floating ice melting in the water

10/15/2018 - In an episode of the Knowledge‌‌@‌Wharton podcast, Berkeley professor of energy Daniel Kammen and Wharton's Brian Berkey discusses a new United Nations report warning that severe impacts of global warming are likely to occur by 2040.

Green energy is gold for California, U.S.

Workers installing solar panels on a roof

8/22/2018 San Francisco Chronicle - In an op-ed column, energy researcher Dan Kammen writes about why he believes California should — and ultimately will — pass into law the “bold goal” of 100 percent clean, zero-carbon electricity by 2045.

Scarred by attack, student entrepreneurs fight global terror

Archer team members Anjali Banerjee, Tyler Heintz and Alice Ma at Caffe Strada

4/30/2018 - In the wake of the 2016 terrorist attack in Nice, France, that claimed the life of a classmate, Berkeley students in the European Innovation Academy technology entrepreneurship program have embarked on a new mission — fighting global terrorism through startups that are gaining traction far beyond campus.

When geneticists talk sloppily about race

Five babies of different races in a row

4/30/2018 The Atlantic - Bioengineering professor Ian Holmes writes about how a geneticist’s recent op-ed in The New York Times caused controversy when it used sloppy language to talk about the tricky relationship between race and genetics research.

AI: The revolution hasn’t happened yet

Michael Jordan

4/25/2018 Medium - EECS and statistics professor Michael Jordan writes about the opportunity and imperative of developing a "human-centric engineering discipline" to address the ethical concerns of artificial intelligence.

Cryptocurrencies come to campus

 Students in a cryptocurrency course at New York University

2/9/2018 New York Times - UC Berkeley is one of several institutions rushing to add courses about Bitcoin, blockchain and other elements of virtual currency to the curriculum. EECS professor Dawn Song is co-teaching one such course to a standing-room-only audience of engineering, business and law students.

Keeping watch on nuclear weapons

Bethany Goldblum at Berkeley Lab.

1/22/2018 - With her hand in a few different research projects, ranging from nuclear weapons detection to war-game simulations on social media, Bethany Goldblum also finds time to direct and establish groups whose aim is to shape nuclear security policy.

Fight sexual harassment in tech — with technology

Harvey Weinstein

12/14/2017 Mercury News - In a commentary piece, CITRIS post-doc Brandie Nonnecke reports on two novel ways that women-led Bay Area startups are using technology to address gender-based discrimination and harassment in the tech sector.