Ellen Broad

Associate Professor and Associate Director (Education)

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Data expert. Best-selling author. Board game aficionado.#

Ellen is a Associate Professor at the 3A Institute (3Ai) within the School of Cybernetics, where she is particularly interested in emerging mechanisms of assurance of automated systems, spanning software, human-intensive audits and review and organisational / regulatory assurance processes.

Having worked in engineering, database design, data publication and maintenance, policy and law, Ellen is not sure how to describe her expertise anymore. Prior to joining 3Ai, Ellen was technical lead for the Consumer Data Standards program within CSIRO’s Data61, designing APIs and validation tools to support consumers sharing data safely with organisations of their choosing. She has served as Head of Policy for the Open Data Institute (ODI); ministerial adviser on data to UK cabinet minister Elisabeth Truss; and Manager of Digital Policy and Projects for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Ellen is currently a member of the Australian government’s Data Advisory Council.

Ellen has also written about data for publications such as The Guardian, New Scientist, Griffith Review and Inside Story, while her book Made by Humans: the AI Condition (Melbourne University Publishing, 2018) was featured in Best Australian Science Writing 2019 anthology and Highly Commended in the ACT’s Book of the Year.

Most importantly, Ellen is an unapologetic boardgame aficionado, even creating a board game about data with Jeni Tennison (CEO, Open Data Institute) that is being played in 19 countries.

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