Rabia Chaudry

Talk: When Data Meets People

Abstract: Data drives and shape public policy in all fields, from national security, to immigration, to criminal justice. We like to think some things are people-proof, like facts, information, and data. However, in reality there is no such thing as unadulterated data. Which is why, in the age of information, data itself often becomes a means to unjust ends.


Rabia Chaudry is an attorney, a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at U.S. Institute of Peace, where she researches the intersection of religion, violent extremism, and CVE (countering violent extremism), and an International Security Fellow with New America. She is the Founder of the Safe Nation Collaborative, a CVE training firm which works on two fronts: providing CVE and cultural competency training to law enforcement, correctional, and homeland security officials, and providing national security and CVE training to Muslim communities and institutions.

Rabia is a 2016 Aspen Ideas Scholar, Fellow of the Truman National Security Project, a Fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, and a Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute. She is the public advocate of Adnan Syed, the wrongfully convicted man at the center of the most popular podcast in history, Serial, and is the co-producer and co-host of the podcast Undisclosed, with over 80 million downloads. She is also co-producer and co-host of the podcast The 45th.

Rabia is a frequent public speaker on CVE, criminal justice, advocacy, new media, faith, and gender. She has addressed dozens of national and international conferences, including the private sector, government (State Department and National Counter Terror Center), and nonprofit organizations. Her writing appears in many outlets, including Time, Guardian and others.