Category: Fellows

New opportunities at CR

We're hiring! CR is recruiting engineers, public interest technologists, and entrepreneurs to develop innovative new ways of serving consumers. You’ll be joining a lean team that works openly and builds out the earliest, most experimental part of CR’s innovation pipeline. You’ll create and ship technologies that have a real impact on the marketplace, the law, and people’s lives. CR's work

Lab notes: May 2021

CR's Digital Fellows deliver lightning talks on consumer tech harms Earlier this month we hosted an event to showcase the innovative work of our Digital Lab Fellows who have received generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Craig Newmark Philanthropies over the past 10 months. The Fellows presented updates on their projects that aim to help uncover and

Measuring and Protecting Consumer IoT Privacy at Scale: Smart Speakers

Internet of Things (IoT) devices are increasingly found in homes, providing useful functionality and convenience, such as smart speakers, TVs, and video doorbells. Along with their benefits come potential risks, since these devices can communicate information (audio recordings, television viewing habits, video recordings, etc.) about their users to other parties over the Internet. To help understand and mitigate these risks,

The Data Nutrition Project: Healthy Data for Better Algorithms

As a product manager, I spend a lot of time poking around technology. Recently, I was experimenting with a particular algorithm and became curious about surname distribution in the United States. I wondered whether I could find lists of last names on the internet - you can find anything on the internet, right? My search led me to machine learning

Scaling Up Consumer Protection Research on Online Advertising

It is well known that digital ads violate privacy, yet we know little about their content. Digital ads are of increasingly low-quality, and often contain manipulative and deceptive components to lure users into viewing potentially harmful content. This harmful content can range from disinformation or hyper-partisan websites all the way to products with questionable claims or value like health products

Understanding the Android Open Source Project Supply Chain

Hi, I’m Julien Gamba, a PhD student at the IMDEA Networks Institute in Madrid (Spain). I am officially kicking off my project as a Digital Lab Fellow, working on making sense of the Android supply chain. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) was first released by Google in 2008, and has since become the most used operating system with more

Calling all public interest tech researchers!

Are you passionate about privacy, security, or digital rights? Do you work on consumer protection research or new methods to study the digital world? If so, keep reading! At CR’s (Consumer Reports) Digital Lab, we are now accepting applications for paid, non-resident fellows to uncover and solve for consumer harms in the digital world. This ten month fellowship provides a

Coming soon: an open call for non-resident technologist fellows

UPDATE: we are accepting applications through March 28th UPDATE 2: to give applicants more time during the disruptions from COVID-19, we are extending the application deadline to April 15th. Apply now: We just announced that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is increasing its support of CR’s work on consumer privacy and data security. I’m writing with some context about