Civic Tech Fellowship

Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson is an Associate Professor of the Practice, Multimedia/Online Journalism, at Boston University, where she has taught full time since 2009. In addition to teaching, Johnson oversees the award-winning Boston University News Service, a showcase for work produced BU Journalism students. In 2014 BU News Service was named top online student news site by both the Associated Press, Massachusetts/Rhode Island, and the Society of Professional Journalists, Region I. Dive deeper into Michelle’s work and teaching.

Gabriel Kaptchuk

Dr. Gabe Kaptchuk is a Research Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Research Development Fellow at BU’s Hariri Institute for Computing. He earned his PhD in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University in 2020, under the supervision of his advisors Avi Rubin and Matt Green. Gabe has worked in industry, at Intel Labs, and in the policy sphere, working in the United States Senate in the personal office of Sen. Ron Wyden. He has broad research interests within cryptographic systems and is passionate about the spread of provably secure systems beyond the laboratory setting. Discover more about Gabe.

Andrew Sellars

Andrew Sellars is the founding director of the Technology Law Clinic, a legal service for undergraduate and graduate students at MIT and BU. In the clinic, BU Law students counsel clients on laws and regulations that affect their research, advocacy, and innovation, including intellectual property, media law, data privacy, and cybersecurity law. Sellars has overseen the legal representation of hundreds of student clients through his work in the clinic, representing computer security researchers, public interest advocates on technology and society issues, innovative startups, and student journalists. His scholarship focuses on application of intellectual property and computer access laws to technology research and journalism. Learn more about his research interests.

Brooke Williams

Brooke Williams is an investigative reporter who specializes in data journalism. Her work has contributed to a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, a George Polk Award and a Gerald Loeb Award, among many others. Before joining Boston University, she was a residential journalism fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Her internationally recognized data-driven investigations have appeared in print and online as well as on radio and TV in publications such as ABC World News, The San Diego Union-Tribune, inewsource and NPR. Williams currently is a contributor to The Intercept and working on a multi-year investigation into federal prosecutors that utilizes machine learning. Williams teaches a course where students cover the city of Newton for the Boston Globe. She also teaches and helps students publish data-driven investigative reports for newspaper, radio and TV as part of the Justice Media Computational Journalism co-Lab. Find out more about Brooke’s career.