Hi, I’m Marc Canellas.
I’m a defender, technologist, and policy wonk.
I defend people from our society’s messed up legal and political systems and use my technical and policy expertise to fight against the science and technology supercharging injustice.
I’ve fought in Atlanta, the halls of Congress, Harlem, the Southern District of New York, and this summer, I’ll be in the Bronx.
I’m a 2L at NYU School of Law, a fellow of the Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business Program, a Cybersecurity Service Scholar, a legal intern with the Federal Defenders of New York, Southern District, the Vice-Chair of IEEE-USA’s AI Policy Committee, and the Vice President of Rights over Tech.
Before law school, I was a Congressional staffer working on issues ranging from space, science, and AI, to justice, surveillance, and immigration.
And before that I was an aerospace and cognitive engineering Ph.D. at Georgia Tech.
I write, speak, and even tweet from time to time.
- Completed my summer as a legal intern with the Family Defense Practice at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem. [8/19]
- Spoke on “Automation, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work” at the Texas AFL-CIO’s 60th Constitutional Convention. [7/19]
- Represented Rights over Tech, a new NYU Law student group that I helped found at the NYU Law & Tech meeting: “A Golden Age of Legal Innovation: Navigational Advice for Law Students, Young Lawyers, and Other Explorers.” [4/19]
- Spoke on “Autonomous Systems and Domestic Security” at Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education and their Journal of Law and International Affairs Symposium, “Security and the Autonomous Future.” [4/18]
- Authored a Slate piece on usability-security vulnerabilities in voting machines. [11/18]
Slightly older news
- I published an article in the national security blog, Just Security, explaining how it is a security issue that our voting machines are not designed to be user friendly, “Was Your Voting Machine Hacked? Without More User-Friendly Devices, We May Not Know.” [11/18]
- I was interviewed about my experiences in Congress for IEEE-USA InSight Magazine’s “2017-2018 Government Fellowships: A Formative Experience.” [10/18]
- I was interviewed to evaluate a new Congressional White Paper on artificial intelligence for LegalTech News in “US House White Paper Calls for AI Development, Restraint in Federal Regulations.” [10/18]
- I was interviewed about the civil rights and technology expert’s letter to New York City’s Automated Decision Systems Task Force for LegalTech News in “Encouraging Transparency and Accountability, Advocates Push Governments to Confront Machine Bias.” [8/18]
- Started law school at NYU! [8/18]
- I co-authored and signed a letter to “New York City’s Automated Decision Systems Task Force,” along with 28 other experts in the field of civil rights and artificial intelligence. [8/18]
- I had my last day as a Congressional staffer for Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6). [9/18]
- I made my decision to attend NYU Law and am honored to be selected as a Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business Scholar and a Cybersecurity Service Scholar. [4/18]
- I was interviewed about my upcoming Congressional fellowship in two articles “Tech in DC: Intersecting Science and Policy” and “When Cognitive Engineering Meets Public Policy” by Georgia Tech News Center. [8/17]
- I defended my PhD in aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech. [4/17]
- I presented “Framing Human-Automation Regulation: A New Modus Operandi from Cognitive Engineering,” WeRobot 2017 at Yale Law School. [4/17]
- I was selected to serve as a Congressional staffer for one year as a 2017-2018 IEEE/AAAS Congressional Science and Technology Policy Fellow. [3/17]
- My paper “Heuristic Information Acquisition and Restriction Rules for Decision Support” was published in IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems. [1/17]