Maritza Johnson

Maritza Johnson

Professor of Practice

University of San Diego

Hi, I’m Maritza. I believe in the power and promise of data and build things that allow people to enjoy technological advancements safely.

I am an expert on human-centered security and privacy with industry, teaching, and research experience. As the founding director of the Center for Digital Civil Society at the University of San Diego and a partner at Good Research, I am forging a new social contract between builders and users, one where people are empowered to advocate for and participate in a data-centric future.

To learn more about my work, check out my publications or Data Curious, a new project I'm leading that aims to stoke your curiosity about your relationship with data and how it's used in our world.

Expertise

  • Human factors
  • Privacy
  • Security

Education

  • PhD in Computer Science, 2012

    Columbia University

  • MS in Computer Science, 2008

    Columbia University

  • BA in Computer Science, 2005

    University of San Diego

Select Publications

Improving Verifiability in AI Development

While a growing number of organizations have articulated ethics principles to guide their AI development process, it can be difficult for those outside of an organization to verify whether the organization’s AI systems reflect those principles in practice. This report grapples with approaches to mitigate these concerns.