I School Faculty Panel: Women in Tech

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm PDT

A panel of I School faculty members will leverage their research and expertise to discuss the future of data and security and the importance of having the perspective and voices of women and underrepresented minorities at the frontiers of the rapidly evolving field of information.

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Morgan Ames (moderator)
Assistant adjunct professor

Alissa Abdullah
MICS lecturer

Jordan Fischer
MICS lecturer

Lee Moore
MIDS lecturer

Doris Schioberg
MIDS lecturer


Morgan Ames researches the ideological origins of inequality in the technology world, with a focus on utopianism, childhood, and learning. Her book The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop per Child (MIT Press, 2019), winner of the 2020 Best Information Science Book Award, draws on archival research and ethnographic fieldwork in Paraguay to explore the cultural history, results, and legacy of the OLPC project - and what it tells us about the many other technology projects that draw on similar utopian ideals.

Morgan is an assistant adjunct professor in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches in data science and administers the designated emphasis in science and technology studies in affiliation with the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society. She is also affiliated with the Algorithmic Fairness and Opacity Working Group, the Center for Science, Technology, Society and Policy, and the Berkeley Institute of Data Science.

Alissa “Dr. J” Abdullah is Mastercard’s deputy chief security officer and leads the Emerging Corporate Security Solutions team and is responsible for protecting Mastercard’s information assets as well as driving the future of security. She is also host of Cybercrime Magazine’s Mastering Cyber and CISO 500 podcasts as well as a member of Security Magazine’s Women in Security Advisory Group. She sits on the Security Advisory Board for SecureAuth.

Prior to Mastercard, Dr. Jay was the chief information security officer of Xerox where she established and led a corporate-wide information risk management program. Dr. Jay also served as the deputy chief information officer of the White House where she helped modernize the Executive Office of the President’s IT systems with cloud services and virtualization. Dr. Jay holds a Ph.D. in information technology management from Capella University, a master’s degree in telecommunications and computer networks from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Savannah State University.  She is also a certified cryptologic engineer with the National Security Agency. 

Jordan Fischer is a professor of law at Drexel University and lecturer at the UC Berkeley School of Information. Professor Fischer explores the convergence of the law and technology, researching the practical implications of regional data protection regulations within a backdrop of the global economy. She applies her practical experience working with multinational companies to better understand the evolution of security and privacy within changing regulatory and legal frameworks to balance consumer and end-user rights with enterprise innovation and business efficiencies.

After receiving her JD summa cum laude from the Kline School of Law in 2013, Professor Fischer clerked at the Court of Justice of the European Union. In addition to teaching, Professor Fischer is a co-founder and managing partner at XPAN Law Group, LLC, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and a certified Women Owned Small Business. At XPAN, she focuses her practice on international data privacy and cybersecurity and cross-border data management, with an emphasis in European Union data privacy regulations and the General Data Protection Regulation.

Lee Moore is an international biopharmaceutical professional with a passion for leveraging data to improve population health. A health economist by training, she focused the early years of her career building strategies and evidence for access to medicines in the UK. She has since taken on business development and commercial leadership roles in China and Singapore and is currently based in the US, building the oncology global market access team at Gilead Sciences. A lifelong learner, she has master’s degrees in business administration, health economics, epidemiology, and data dcience.

Doris Schioberg is a data science lecturer and co-founder of Mooqita.org. She is a computer scientist with a background in networking and network security, and has a passion for making education and technology accessible to everyone and is eager to explore the Internet’s possibilities to do this in new ways. Prior to Mooqita, Schioberg was VP of engineering and co-founder of CRUZEO Protocol and the education program manager for the Zeek Project. She has a doctorate in computer science from the Technische Universität Berlin.

Last updated:

March 22, 2021