Digital Intelligence Safety Research Institute

Digital Safety

Developing new frameworks for data privacy, cybersecurity, trustworthy software/AI, and assured autonomy

The Digital Safety Research Institute (DSRI) gathers world-renowned experts to work at the intersection of digital intelligence and safety science.

Digital safety takes many forms, from data collection, AI models, and software applications that help doctors make life-or-death medical decisions to sensors, computation, and physical systems that manage traffic flow through a city. What unites these technologies is their increasing ubiquity in our world — and their growing impacts, both positive and negative, on human health and safety.

DISRI’s mission is to understand those impacts, to mitigate risks, and to ultimately help ensure that digital systems are built with safety, ethics, and equity in mind.
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Revealing the Risks

Like all transformational technologies, applications of digital intelligence can create unintended consequences. Huge repositories of data, including sensitive personal information, can introduce profound risks to privacy and an attractive target for cybercriminals. Algorithms that learn from human decisions can replicate bias and discrimination in their own decision making. At the most basic level, even best practices for collection, validation, and use of data remain to be agreed upon by those who regulate and insure the safety of digital technologies.

These threats can pose challenges to human safety and well-being at both the individual and societal levels. It is critical that we understand and address them now, so that digital intelligence delivers the greatest possible benefit to humanity and leaves no one behind or harmed. DSRI is working urgently toward that goal. 

Our work begins with a rigorous, interdisciplinary research portfolio in digital privacy, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, psychology, and sociology. DSRI is partnering with talented investigators at leading institutions to break new ground at the junction of safety science and digital intelligence. DSRI will integrate the latest research results into open-source digital safety testing tools for individual consumers, industry, regulators, and insurers.

 

By building scaled safety engineering tools as open-source, DSRI is working to build bridges across disciplines, organizations, sectors, and geographies to ensure that what we learn has both an immediate — and lasting — impact. Together with our partners, we aim to develop new frameworks for data collection and digital intelligence that incorporate safety as a core priority at the earliest stages of development.

Working collaboratively to put groundbreaking research into practice

Our work begins with a rigorous, interdisciplinary research portfolio in digital privacy, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, psychology, and sociology. DISRI is partnering with talented investigators at leading institutions to break new ground at the junction of safety science and digital intelligence. DISRI will integrate the latest research results into open-source digital safety testing tools for individual consumers, industry, regulators, and insurers.

By building scaled safety engineering tools as open-source, DISRI is working to build bridges across disciplines, organizations, sectors, and geographies to ensure that what we learn has both an immediate — and lasting — impact. Together with our partners, we aim to develop new frameworks for data collection and digital intelligence that incorporate safety as a core priority at the earliest stages of development.

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