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Harlan Yu

Executive Director

Harlan Yu is the Executive Director of Upturn. Based in Washington D.C., Upturn works at the intersection of social justice and technology, to ensure that new technology reflects the interests and needs of those at the margins. Recently, Harlan has focused on the impact of emerging technologies in policing and criminal justice, such as body-worn cameras, and in particular their disproportionate effects on communities of color.

Harlan has extensive experience working at the intersection of technology and policy. He has previously worked at Google in both engineering and public policy roles, as a technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and at the U.S. Department of Labor. Prior to founding Upturn, his research and projects focused on open government, consumer privacy, and electronic voting.

Harlan holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Princeton University, and a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from UC Berkeley. He is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.