Briana Vecchione

I'm on the job market!

I'm a graduating fifth-year Ph.D. Candidate in Information Science at Cornell University, where I'm honored to work with Karen Levy and Solon Barocas. My work is supported by a Facebook Fellowship, MacArthur Foundation grant, Mozilla Foundation grant, Notre Dame-IBM Tech Ethics Lab grant, and a Google Women Techmakers scholarship.

In my research, I address issues of auditing and accountability in sociotechnical systems, their social justice roots, and potential public interest implications. Lately, I've been interested in applying learnings from the participatory nature of early social science audits to provide observations and insights when thinking about auditing in an algorithmic context. At the moment, I'm working with the Mozilla Foundation to explore the tools and resources auditors need in order to conduct successful algorithmic audits.

I am an affiliate of the AI Policy and Practice initiative, Mechanism Design for Social Good, and Cornell Tech's Digital Life Initiative. In the past, I've spent some time at Microsoft and Spotify.


Algorithmic Auditing and Social Justice: Lessons from the History of Audit Studies
EAAMO 2021
Briana Vecchione, Solon Barocas, Karen Levy
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Datasheets for Datasets
Communications of the ACM
Short version appeared at FATML 2018
Timnit Gebru, Jamie Morgenstern, Briana Vecchione, Jennifer Wortman Vaughan, Hanna Wallach, Hal Daumé III, and Kate Crawford

Recommending Podcasts for Cold-Start Users Based on Music Listening and Taste
SIGIR 2020
Zahra Nazari, Christophe Charbuillet, Johan Pages, Martin Laurent, Denis Charrier, Briana Vecchione and Benjamin Carterette

Other Written Works

B. Vecchione. “Defining Public Interest Technology: Key Questions to Consider”. Cornell Tech Digital Life Initiative. 2022. (Workshopped at CSCW 2022).

B. Vecchione. “Addressing Economic Inequality in NYC through Social Impact Tech Research at Blue Ridge Labs.” PiTech at Cornell Tech”. 2021.

B. Vecchione. “Racial and Ethnic Group Participation in Cancer Clinical Trials”. 2021.

B. Vecchione. “The Influence of Social Support on Reentry Success”. 2021.

Talks & Workshops