Carol Rose

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Carol Rose
Alma materStanford University
London School of Economics
Harvard University

Carol V. Rose is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. In 2013 Rose launched the ACLU Technology for Liberty strategy which looked at the civil liberty implications of technology, she is on the Board of Directors of the Partnership on AI.

Early life and education[edit]

Rose completed her Bachelor's degree at Stanford University in 1983,[1] she earned an Master's at the London School of Economics in 1985.[1] Law started her career as a reporter for United Press International, The Des Moines Register and The New York Times,[2] she worked for the Institute of Current World Affairs based in Peshawar from 1990 to 1993, reporting on the Af-Pak region and status of women.[3] She returned to the United States and earned her Juris Doctor at Harvard University in 1996.[4] Rose was a clerk for Patti B. Saris.[5]


Rose worked as an attorney at Hill and Barlow from 1997, she specialised in First Amendment law and intellectual property.[5] She served as co-chair of the Women in Communications Law for the American Bar Association Forum.[6][7]

Rose joined the American Civil Liberties Union in Massachusetts in 2003.[5] A 2004 study from Northeastern University found that 249 out of 366 Massachusetts law enforcement agencies showed racial disparities in traffic stops.[8] Rose has focussed on racial justice and equal opportunity for all, demanding equality for women, LGBTQ+ and immigrant people.[3][9] Rose launched Technology for Liberty and Justice for All in 2013.[10][11] Technology for Liberty enforces governmental transparency and reins the deployment of surveillance technology,[10] it has strengthened the warrant requirements of government agencies looking to access digital information. It has challenged the government's use of the All Writs Act against technology;[1] the American Civil Liberties Union has seen a surge in donations since the election of Donald Trump.[12] After the US Government called for the ACLU to reunite children separated from their children, Rose told Boston public radio that "The government’s unconstitutional separation practice that led to this crisis and they need to clean it up".[13] Rose spoke at the 2014 White House Conference on Big Data at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discussing public privacy,[14][15] she was part of the 2016 Forum on Data Privacy at the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative.[16][17] On big data privacy, Rose has warned that "invariably, abuse will happen; invariably, people will find out about it".[16]

Rose is on the Board of Directors of the Partnership on AI,[1][18][19] she is a contributor to the Federalist Society and WBUR-FM.[20][21]


  1. ^ a b c d "Carol Rose". The Partnership on AI. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  2. ^ "What"s At Stake -- Separation of Religion and State Today - Secular Society of MIT". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  3. ^ a b "NUSL". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  4. ^ School, Harvard Law. "Celebration 60: Videos". Harvard Law School. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  5. ^ a b c "Carol Rose". ACLU Massachusetts. 2015-06-12. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  6. ^ "CAROL V. ROSE - Executive Director" (PDF). American Bar Association. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  7. ^ "Women in Communications Law". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  8. ^ Farrell, Amy (2004). Massachusetts racial and gender profiling study : final report, May 4, 2004. Northeastern University Institute on Race and Justice. OCLC 55606048.
  9. ^ "Race, Technology, and Policing". Boston Bar Journal. 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  10. ^ a b "Technology for Liberty". ACLU Massachusetts. 2015-05-12. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  11. ^ "Justice for All". ACLU Massachusetts. 2015-05-12. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  12. ^ "Head of Mass ACLU talks technology". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  13. ^ "Carol Rose: The Government Should Be Responsible For Reuniting Separated Children With Their Families, Not The ACLU". News. 2018-08-09. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  14. ^ Media, O'Reilly. "Big Data And Privacy: An Uneasy Face-Off For Government To Face". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  15. ^ "White House Counselor: 'We Are Undergoing A Revolution' In The Way Our Personal Info Is Collected, Analyzed". 2014-03-04. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  16. ^ a b "To avoid big data privacy issues, user empowerment is a must". SearchCompliance. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  17. ^ March 24, State House News Service |; 2016; Est, 8:38. "Healey hopes MIT forum will help shape data initiative | NewBostonPost". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  18. ^ UK, Sam Shead, Business Insider. "Apple has confirmed it is joining the Partnership on AI". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  19. ^ Gershgorn, Dave; Gershgorn, Dave. "A massive AI partnership is tapping civil rights and economic experts to keep AI safe". Quartz. Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  20. ^ "Carol Rose | The Federalist Society". Retrieved 2018-12-28.
  21. ^ "Carol Rose". Retrieved 2018-12-28.