Gender and whistleblowing
Social impacts of Technology
Internet of Things
Data Stewardship and Cyberinfrastructure
Public Interest Technology
Francine Berman is a highly-recognized data scientist whose work focuses on the social and environmental impacts of information technology, and in particular of the Internet of Things – a deeply interconnected ecosystem of billions of devices and systems that are transforming commerce, science and society.
Berman's recent research exploring the role of whistleblowers in the technology industry, and examining why so many prominent whistleblowers are women has been reported widely.
In 2015, Berman was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become a member of the National Council on the Humanities. In 2019, she was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2020, Berman was elected to be a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
University of Washington: Ph.D., Computer Science
University of Washington: M.A., Computer Science
UCLA: B.A., Mathematics
Select Media Coverage (2)
A Professor Encouraged Students to Use ChatGPT. OpenAI Asked Her What She Learned
Yahoo! Life online
Rather than pretend ChatGPT doesn’t exist, Dr. Francine Berman told students in her Introduction to Public Interest Technology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst this spring that they could use the artificial intelligence (AI) tool to help them write their papers, if they wanted to.
When Women Blow the Whistle
Magazine of the Society of Women Engineers online
Francine Berman describes her research looking at why so many tech whistleblowers are women. “In many professions such as big tech or engineering, women tend to be a pretty small percentage. And when they are a small percentage, there’s issues in terms of inclusion, and feeling a sense of solidarity or insider status with the unit or the institution," she says.
Select Publications (1)
Why are so many big tech whistleblowers women? Here is what the research showsThe Conversation
Francine Berman and Jennifer Lundquist
A number of high-profile whistleblowers in the technology industry have stepped into the spotlight in the past few years. ... Many of these whistleblowers are women – far more, it appears, than the proportion of women working in the tech industry. This raises the question of whether women are more likely to be whistleblowers in the tech field. The short answer is: “It is complicated.”