Executive Director, Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG)
As the Executive Director of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, Megan drives the organization’s overarching strategy, leads scientific projects, and presents HRDAG’s work to diverse audiences. Her scientific work includes analyzing documents from the National Police Archive in Guatemala and contributing analyses submitted as evidence in multiple court cases in Guatemala. Her work in Syria includes collaborating with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and Amnesty International on several analyses of conflict-related deaths in that country. In 2022 she was named a Fellow in the American Statistical Association.
What is the Cost of Being Wrong?
Machine learning models are a versatile tool in a statistician’s analytical toolbox. As George Box is credited with saying, “All models are wrong, some are useful.” How can we identify the contexts when machine learning models are most useful? How can we identify the contexts where they pose the most risk for harm? These questions will be answered using examples from work by the Human Rights Data Analysis Group.