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Formal Bio: Aviv Ovadya (@metaviv) is an internationally recognized expert on the societal implications and governance of emerging technologies, with a focus on internet platforms and artificial intelligence and their impacts on democracy. He was most recently a Technology and Public Purpose fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center and currently consults for civil society organizations, technology companies, and funders.

After receiving his BS and MEng degrees in computer science from MIT, Aviv provided engineering, product design, and product management support for companies near San Francisco and internationally. In mid-2016, Aviv transitioned to focusing exclusively on the societal implications of technology, and has since collaborated and consulted for organizations including the Partnership on AI, TED, and Meedan, and brought his work on misinformation metrics to the Center for Social Media Responsibility at the University of Michigan, where he served as Chief Technologist.

Aviv's work has been covered regularly, including by the BBC, NPR, Yomiuri Shimbun, the Economist, and The New York Times and his writing has been published by the Bloomberg, HBR, MIT Technology Review, and The Washington Post.



Informal Bio: 👋 Hi! I currently live near Boston, though I am almost as likely to found anywhere else in the world, giving talks, collaborating on projects, or participating in convenings (well, and dancing — though generally not all at the same time). I also advise and consult for technology companies, researchers, foundations, and policymakers.

My goal is to ensure that our mediums of communication can facilitate a 'good society'—that they not only support our everyday lives, but also promote the collective trust and wise decision-making necessary for taking on existential global challenges.

Before I was as fully focused on preventing the deterioration of our information ecosystem, I got my S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in computer science at MIT and did research, software engineering, and product design for organizations as varied as Amazon, the MIT Media Lab, MIT CSAIL, Quora, Trove, Ironclad, and Google. I've worked primarily in the United States, but also done short stints in Brazil, Australia, and Vietnam. I enjoy combining science, computing, and art (my masters thesis involved origami transformers) and I am a proud coauthor of the broccoli emoji. 🥦

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