ALGORITHMS ARE BEING WIELDED AS TOOLS OF OPPRESSION.

At Encode Justice, we’re fighting back.



CHAPTER NETWORK

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IN THE NEWS

Op-ed written by founder and president, Sneha Revanur, in Teen Vogue (Click to view)

Feature article in Reuters (Click to view)

HIGHLIGHTS

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TEAM

Our team spans
35+ U.S. states
25+ countries


FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

San Jose, California

CHIEF OF STAFF/BLOG EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Santa Monica, California

CHAPTER COORDINATOR

Henderson, Nevada

DEPUTY CHAPTER COORDINATOR

Hawthorn Woods, Illinois

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Seattle, Washington

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Frisco, Texas

DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

Greer, South Carolina

DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH AND RECRUITMENT

San Antonio, Texas

CO-DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

New York, New York

CO-DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

New York, New York

CO-DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY

Fairfax, Virginia

CO-DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY

Torrance, California

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY

Vienna, Virginia

CO-DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Lincolnshire, Illinois

CO-DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Mountain View, California

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Union City, New Jersey

CO-DIRECTOR OF POLICY

McLean, Virginia

CO-DIRECTOR OF POLICY

Rochester, New York

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF POLICY

Redmond, Washington

© 2021 Encode Justice. Cover illustration credit: Marta Monteiro. All rights reserved.

WHAT WE DO

Encode Justice is mobilizing communities for fairer, more ethical AI.

Image credit: NBC News

Image credit: NBC News.

Algorithms have left no part of our world untouched, revolutionizing cancer diagnosis in one context and assisting pretrial release decisions for criminal defendants in another. However, the bias that plagues human decision-making can reach even the seemingly impenetrable, objective mathematical formulae that define artificial intelligence.

For example, algorithms used in the U.S. criminal justice system are trained on historical datasets that reflect the disproportionate policing and incarceration of communities of color. They’re taught to make independent decisions by analyzing countless instances of real-world data in search of patterns that explain certain results.

This process forces them to unconsciously digest the bias that has historically victimized marginalized groups. As some have put it, the devil is in the data.

That’s where Encode Justice comes in.

WE’RE A COALITION OF YOUTH ACTIVISTS AND CHANGEMAKERS FIGHTING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND JUSTICE UNDER AI. HARNESSING A GLOBAL NETWORK OF VOLUNTEERS FROM ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES AND WORLD, WE CHAMPION INFORMED AI POLICY AND ENCOURAGE YOUTH TO CONFRONT THE CHALLENGES OF THE AGE OF AUTOMATION THROUGH POLITICAL ADVOCACY, COMMUNITY ORGANIZING, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING, AND CONTENT CREATION.

CAMPAIGNS

The Stand Up to Surveillance Campaign (November 2020—)

Image credit: 3BL Media.

Image credit: Perpetual Lineup.

The same software used to surveil Uyghur Muslims in China has contributed to the wrongful arrests of Black men in Detroit: facial recognition technology. It has also enabled unchecked privacy abuses at the hands of ICE and has been used to monitor Black Lives Matter protestors exercising their constitutional rights, disproportionately misidentifying Black, Brown, and Asian Americans; women; and LGBTQ+ individuals. With our Stand Up to Surveillance campaign, we’re lobbying for a federal ban on government use of facial recognition and have already partnered with multiple city councils to push for local action. We’re hosting workshops and events; coordinating organizational partnerships; operating our very own Students Against Facial Recognition committee, which unites representatives from various student-led organizations; and compiling original research reports and policy proposals, through which we’ve collaborated with officials on every level, from local legislators to the White House.

The Say No to SB 10 Campaign (July-November 2020)

Pretrial risk assessment simulation via detainrelease.com.

Pretrial risk assessment simulation via detainrelease.com.

California Senate Bill 10 (which was on the November 2020 ballot for voters in the form of Proposition 25) would have replaced the evil of cash bail with the combined evil of pretrial risk assessment tools and reduced judicial accountability. It would have expanded a system of automated racial profiling that only fuels pretrial incarceration while empowering judges and probation with funding and discretion. As a member organization of the Committee Against Pretrial Racism and the JusticeLA Coalition, Encode Justice recognized that a Yes vote on Proposition 25 would only further erode the California criminal legal system.

As part of this campaign, we collaborated with other community-based groups, phone banking, text banking, email banking, organizing social media advocacy, creating informational content like articles and videos, and hosting events. The campaign ended with a resounding victory; California voters ended up rejecting the measure by a 13% margin. Click here to learn more.

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RESEARCH

March 2021 Technical Release: Defining, Measuring, & Improving Algorithmic Fairness

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WORKSHOPS

2,000+ students reached
99% satisfaction

(measured via post-workshop survey filled out by students)

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CONTACT

For general inquiries, please contact info@encodejustice.org

SNEHA REVANUR

FOUNDER/PRESIDENT
sneha@encodejustice.org

Sneha Revanur (she/her) is a rising senior at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, California with a dedication to harnessing storytelling, law, public policy, and technology to catalyze systemic change. She launched Encode Justice in July 2020 in order to integrate youth within the algorithmic justice movement; as a 2021 Princeton Prize in Race Relations Recipient and a 2021 Youth to the Front Fund Frontliner, her work mobilizing students for civil rights in the age of artificial intelligence has been extensively recognized. Outside of Encode Justice, Sneha loves to write about progressive politics, pursue impact-driven projects in computer science, aid congressional campaigns, learn languages, and travel.

ALEXANDRA RAPHLING

CHIEF OF STAFF/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
comms@encodejustice.org; alexandraraphling@gmail.com

Alexandra Raphling (she/her) is a rising senior at Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California. She serves as the Chief of Staff and Editor-in-Chief at Encode Justice, as well as a policy and advocacy fellow. Outside of Encode Justice, Alexandra leads her school’s Student Task Force and participates in Mock Trial. She loves to play tennis, read, and surf.

YASEEN SHAH

CHAPTER COORDINATOR
yaseennaveedshah@gmail.com

Yaseen Shah (he/him) is a rising sophomore at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was originally the Director of Policy for the Nevada chapter, but is now the chapter coordinator at Encode Justice. Outside of EJ, Yaseen has interned at Investopedia, The Balance, and the U.S. Senate. He's an active member of debate and participates in organizations specializing in economics and finance. He loves watching anime, reading nonfiction books, and devouring Persian cuisine.

KASHYAP RAJESH

DEPUTY CHAPTER COORDINATOR
krvsgg@gmail.com

Kashyap Rajesh (he/him) is a rising sophomore at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. He currently serves at the Illinois state director as well as the Deputy Chapter Coordinator at Encode Justice. Kashyap is part of his school’s congressional debate team and works on campaigns to ban flavored tobacco as part of the youth-led coalition Catalyst. Aside from his work at Encode Justice and Catalyst, he enjoys singing and going on biking adventures with friends.

EZRA FORD

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
ezraford44@gmail.com

Ezra Ford (he/him) is a rising freshman at Pomona College but currently based in Seattle. He serves as the Director of Operations at Encode Justice, focusing on optimizing growth, productivity, and impact. You can learn more about his work outside of Encode Justice at ezraford.com. He loves to produce and listen to music, drool over shoes, and play tennis or pickup basketball.

MACKENZIE FISHER

DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
partnerships@encodejustice.org; comms@encodejustice.org; mackenziemfisher20034@gmail.com

MacKenzie Fisher (she/her) is a rising senior at Riverside High School in Greenville, South Carolina. She currently serves as the Director of External Affairs at Encode Justice and is an advocate for human rights under artificial intelligence.

MRUDULA RAPAKA

CO-DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY
advocacy@encodejustice.org; mrapaka04@gmail.com

Mrudula Rapaka (she/her) is a rising senior at Chantilly High School in Fairfax, Virginia. She currently serves as Co-Director of Advocacy at Encode Justice. Outside of Encode Justice, she’s the Director of Policy for the Virginia Youth Climate Cooperative and aids in a variety of grassroots organizing. In her free time, Mrudula enjoys reading western philosophy, dancing, and eating fruit jellies!

VIRAJ ALA

CO-DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY
advocacy@encodejustice.org; virajala2004@gmail.com

Viraj Ala (he/him) is a junior at West High School in Torrance, California. He currently serves as the Co-Director of Advocacy at Encode Justice. Outside of Encode Justice, he chairs the GenUP First Generation Caucus and serves as a student intern for his local city council. Viraj also plays basketball, wrestles, and loves a good fish taco.

VIDYA BHARADWAJ

CO-DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
education@encodejustice.org; findvidyaonline@gmail.com

Vidya Bharadwaj (she/her) is a rising senior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois and is passionate about STEM and social justice. She currently serves as the Co-Director of Education at Encode Justice. At school, she is the president of the Girls In STEAM club, and is a part of both Model UN and peer tutoring. She is extremely dedicated to bridging the gender gap in STEM and runs GirlCon, an international tech conference that aims to empower women in STEM. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, singing, and playing water polo!

NATASHA MATTA

CO-DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
education@encodejustice.org; matta.natashak@gmail.com

Natasha Matta (she/her) is a rising senior at the Harker School in San Jose, California. She wears multiple hats at Encode Justice, serving as Co-Director of Education and as a Policy Fellow, Staff Writer, and Research Assistant simultaneously. Outside of EJ, she leads the Environmental Justice Coalition, conducts research with Stanford University’s Center for Behavioral Health Services and Implementation Research, and serves on the Vaccine Student Working Group on Ethics and Policy. She is also a Public Health Policy Fellow for the Greater Good Initiative and Editor-in-Chief of Rediscover STEAM. She enjoys hurdling, running track & field, and painting.

NATALYAH CADICHE

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
education@encodejustice.org; ncadiche04@gmail.com

Natalyah (she/her) is a rising senior at Jonathan Dayton High School in Union City, New Jersey. She’s passionate about working with technology and expanding its possibilities but also hopes to prioritize people’s rights and equality in her work. Encode Justice has given her the opportunity to explore the legal aspects of technology while educating herself and others on the extent of AI’s influence.

IVY CHEN

CO-DIRECTOR OF POLICY
policy@encodejustice.org; ivychen2004@gmail.com

Ivy Chen (she/her) is a rising senior at Langley High School in McLean, VA with a passion for education, politics, and the legal structure of the United States. She currently serves as Co-Director of Policy. Outside of Encode Justice, she loves arguing court cases in Mock Trial, performing research related to the U.S. Constitution, working on congressional campaigns, fighting to keep Virginia blue this upcoming November, and going on bike rides and runs.

MELINA GOLEMBIEWSKI

CO-DIRECTOR OF POLICY
policy@encodejustice.org; melinagolembiewski@gmail.com

Melina Golembiewski (she/her), from Rochester, New York, is a rising freshman at George Washington University planning to study Political Science.

CONAN LU

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF POLICY
policy@encodejustice.org; conanlu4@gmail.com

Conan (he/him) is a rising senior at Redmond High School in Redmond, Washington. His work as a researcher centers on improving data privacy with image protections. As Deputy Director of Policy, he centers the perspectives of marginalized communities and examines technology critically to mitigate algorithmic harms.

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