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)

TEAM

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


FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

San Jose, California


CHIEF OF STAFF/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Santa Monica, California


CHAPTER COORDINATOR

Hawthorn Woods, Illinois


U.S. CHAPTERS COMMUNICATIONS AND ONBOARDING LEAD

Suwanee, Georgia


DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Seattle, Washington


DIRECTOR OF FINANCE/TECHNOLOGY

Frisco, Texas


DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH/RECRUITMENT

San Antonio, Texas


DIRECTOR OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

Woodbridge, Virginia


CO-DIRECTOR OF POLICY

Henderson, Nevada


CO-DIRECTOR OF POLICY

Rochester, New York


DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF POLICY

Redmond, Washington


CO-DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY

Torrance, California


CO-DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY

Vienna, Virginia


CO-DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Buffalo Grove, Illinois


CO-DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

Union City, New Jersey


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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 Deepfake Accountability Campaign (March 2021—)

Image credit: 3BL Media.

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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WORKSHOPS

2,500+ students reached
98% 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 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 electoral 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 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

CO-DIRECTOR OF POLICY
yaseennaveedshah@gmail.com

Yaseen Shah (he/him) is a sophomore at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was originally the Director of Policy for the Nevada chapter, but is now the executive Co-Director of Policy 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

CHAPTER COORDINATOR
krvsgg@gmail.com

Kashyap Rajesh (he/him) is a sophomore at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. He currently serves at the Illinois state director as well as the 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.

RAKSHA GOVIND

U.S. CHAPTERS COMMUNICATIONS AND ONBOARDING LEAD
rakshagovind@gmail.com

Raksha Govind (she/her) is a senior at Lambert High School in Suwanee, Georgia passionate about utilizing research to push for progressive policy change. She currently serves as the U.S. Chapters Communications/Onboarding Lead and directs the Georgia chapter. Outside of EJ, she competes in Varsity Debate and conducts research at the Center for Science and Law. In her free time, she loves to buy overpriced coffee, go on scenic walks with her friends, and learn Kathak.

EZRA FORD

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
ezraford44@gmail.com

Ezra Ford (he/him) is a freshman at Pomona College from 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.

DAMILOLA AWOFISAYO

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

Damilola Awofisayo (she/her) is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia. She currently serves as the Director of External Affairs. Outside of EJ, she is executive director of TecHacks and is president of her school’s Black Student Union. In her free time, Dami enjoys going to hackathons, playing basketball, and Muay Thai boxing.

VIRAJ ALA

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

Viraj Ala (he/him) is a senior at West High School in Torrance, California. He currently serves as the 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 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!

NATALYAH CADICHE

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

Natalyah Cadiche (she/her) is a 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.

MELINA GOLEMBIEWSKI

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

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

CONAN LU

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

Conan Lu (he/him) is a 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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