Claire Leibowicz is a part-time DPhil candidate. Claire’s doctoral research will focus on a broad question: what is the meaning of truth and authenticity in the digital era? More specifically, she’s interested in investigating how new visual technologies (like the camera smartphone and AI tactics for audio-visual manipulation) influence belief in the truthfulness of visual information and the authenticity of visual experiences. This research builds upon Claire’s MSc thesis at the department, where she conducted an ethnography of smartphone photography in museums to consider how digital technologies influence people’s understanding of their visual environments.
Claire is also the Head of the AI and Media Integrity program at the Partnership on AI, a global multistakeholder nonprofit focused on responsible artificial intelligence. Under Claire’s leadership, the AI and Media Integrity team creates best practices for the development and deployment of AI technologies that impact digital media and online information. Her current projects focus on synthetic and manipulated content, misinformation interventions, responsible recommender systems, and AI’s role in the sustainability of local news.
Claire has published and presented her academic work across disciplines ranging from design to computer science to misinformation to neuroscience, in venues like NeurIPS, ACM CHI, AAAI/ACM AI, Ethics, and Society, Trust and Truth Online, Social and Affective Neuroscience Society Conference, and Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review. Claire’s insights have appeared in popular publications such as Axios, Consumer Reports, WIRED, The Hill, TechTarget, and IEEE Spectrum, and she has advised companies, governments and nonprofit organizations on technology and media. In 2021, Claire was a Journalism Fellow at Tablet Magazine, where she explored questions at the intersection of technology, society, and digital culture.
Claire holds a BA in Psychology and Computer Science from Harvard, and an MSc in the Social Science of the Internet from the OII, where she studied as a Clarendon Scholar. Her doctoral work is generously funded by the OII Shirley Scholarship.
Responsible AI, mis/disinformation, synthetic and manipulated media, digital culture