Just published! Check out my most recent paper:

Albrecht, Kat, and Brian Citro. 2020. “Data Control and Surveillance in the Global TB Response: A Human Rights Analysis.” Law, Technology and Humans 2(1):107-123.

Abstract: The global response to the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic is generating copious amounts of personal health data. The emerging emphasis on the use of active case finding and digital adherence technologies in the TB response will increase the amount and expand the kind of data produced and used by public and private health officials. The production of personal data in high TB burden countries, in particular, must be considered in light of their colonial histories. In doing so, we argue that interventions to eliminate TB at global and national levels are ushering in a new era of data colonisation and surveillance in the name of public health. This, in turn, raises critical concerns for the human rights of people affected by TB, many of whom belong to vulnerable or marginalised groups. We examine the normative and legal content for a set of international human rights critical to the TB response, highlighting how each right implicates the production and use of personal health data. We also demonstrate that these rights are, by and large, enshrined in the constitutions of each high TB burden country. Finally, we use these rights to analyse active case finding and digital adherence technologies to pinpoint their unique data risks and the threats they pose to the human rights of people affected by TB.

This paper is open access and available here!


Take a look at some of my recent work: 

Weinberg, Jill, Laura Beth Nielsen, and Kat Albrecht. 2019. “The Deserving Worker: Decisions about Workplace Accommodation by Judges and Laypeople.” Law & Policy.

Abstract: Employment civil rights laws require employers to make reasonable accommodations for certain workers so that they can perform their jobs. The “reasonableness” of an accommodation request should be based largely on the cost of the accommodation relative to the company’s resources, but how do people really evaluate such requests? This study examines determinations of the reasonableness of workplace accommodation requests made by trial judges and ordinary people. Using a 2 × 3 × 3 between-subjects factorial design, we test the effect of worker identity (nursing-mother worker, transgender worker, and Muslim worker) and cost on determinations of reasonableness. We find that (1) the identity category of the requesting worker impacts determinations of reasonableness by both judges and laypeople, (2) the cost of the accommodation impacts determinations of reasonableness, (3) judges are more likely to think that accommodation requests are reasonable than are laypeople, (4) there is a complicated relationship between accommodation cost and employee identity, and (5) the cost of the requested accommodation mitigates the effect of identity significantly for judges but less so for ordinary citizens. While judges are less influenced by the identity category of the employee-requestor than are their lay-counterparts, social status plays a role in determining what constitutes “reasonable accommodation.”


Current Projects: developing new measures for racial disparity in arrest, evaluating how data distortions affect housing decisions, evaluating title ix policies and sex assault on college campuses.


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