Professor Renée Cummings, a 2023 VentureBeat AI Innovator Award winner, is an artificial intelligence (AI), data and tech ethicist, and the first Data Activist-in-Residence, at the University of Virginia’s (UVA), School of Data Science, where she was named Professor of Practice in Data Science. Professor Cummings is also co-director of the Public Interest Technology Network (PIT-UN) at the University of Virginia. She’s also a distinguished member of the World Economic Forum Data Equity Council and the World Economic Forum AI Governance Alliance, and an advisory member of the AI & Equality Initiative at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and a member of the Global Academic Network, at the Center for AI and Digital Policy (CAIDP), Washington, DC. Listed, in 2020, among World Summit AI’s Top 50 AI Innovators, among Inspired Minds AI Brains Hall of Fame, and among the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics, Professor Cummings is also a criminologist, criminal psychologist, therapeutic jurisprudence specialist, and a community scholar at Columbia University. Most recently, she began serving as an advisor to the Center for News, Technology & Innovation (CNTI) which examines the impact of digital technologies on journalism, a free press and open access to quality information globally.