Center for Applied Data Ethics

At the Center for Applied Data Ethics (CADE), we are working to address ethical issues such as the magnification of unjust bias, increased surveillance, spread of disinformation, alarming uses of predictive policing, a lack of accountability for tech companies, and more. Our focus is on having a direct, practical impact. Our inaugural year is funded by a generous donation from Craig Newmark (founder of Craigslist). Rachel Thomas serves as founding director. Our work includes a mix of education, research, public policy, and civil advocacy.

Education Opportunities

Data Ethics Seminar Series

We bring in experts on issues of data ethics in talks open to the community, and high-quality recordings of the talks can be found on our YouTube channel.

Tech Policy Workshop

Systemic problems require systemic solutions. We need thoughtful and informed laws to safeguard human rights, and we do not want legislation written by corporate lobbyists. We will hold a two-day tech policy workshop on November 16 and 17. Find more information and register »

Data Ethics Course - Public

You do not need to be a USF student to attend evening certificate courses at the Data Institute in downtown SF. The Intro to Data Ethics course will explore urgent issues of bias, fairness, and surveillance, as well as disinformation. Taught by Rachel Thomas, the course starts January 27, 2020. Registration is now open

Data Ethics Course - MSDS Students

USF has added a required data ethics course that all students in the Masters of Science in Data Science program must take. This course will be taught by Rachel Thomas in March-May 2020.

Data Ethics Fellows

We are offering fellowships for those working on problems of applied data ethics, with a particular focus on work that has a direct, practical impact. We are currently accepting applications for an Applied Data Ethics Research Fellow and an Applied Data Ethics Fellow. Applications will be reviewed after November 1, 2019 with roles in January or June 2020.


We plan to avoid corporate funding and the conflict of interests it poses.

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