Bestselling Author, Weapons of Math Destruction;
Presenter & Panelist – Ethics in Algorithms Panel
Cathy O’Neil earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard, was a postdoc at the MIT Mathematics Department, and a professor at Barnard College, where she published a number of research papers in arithmetic algebraic geometry.
She then switched over to the private sector, working as a quant for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in the middle of the credit crisis, and then for RiskMetrics, a risk software company that assesses risk for the holdings of hedge funds and banks. Cathy left finance in 2011 and started working as a data scientist in the New York start-up scene, building models that predicted people’s purchases and clicks.
She wrote Doing Data Science in 2013 and launched the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia in 2014. She is a regular contributor to “Bloomberg View” and wrote the book Weapons of Math Destruction: how big data increases inequality and threatens democracy. She recently founded ORCAA, an algorithmic auditing company.