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Meet Tina Lassiter

Public Interest Technologist/Legal expert

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I am a researcher, legal expert and communicator with a solid understanding of AI tools and the AI industry.

   I worked as a graduate research assistant for the “Bad AI and Beyond” project of the Good systems program and recently co-authored a paper on AI in Hiring which was presented at the 2021 Conference of AI, Ethics, and Society (AIES).

   I am a former German lawyer with a LL.M. from the Tulane Law School. While practicing law in Germany, I specialized in IT-, IP-and Media Law.

   In the past year, I presented on topics in AI and Ethics on multiple occasions like at a PIT-UN-conference, the Dallas startup week, and a webinar.  I also work as a freelance journalist for a German news agency.

   In addition to my legal studies, I  recently earned a Master of Science in Information Studies at UT’s School of Information where I took a special interest in Privacy issues, Human AI Interaction and AI Ethics, but also learned coding and data skills. My capstone project with KUNGFU.AI was a research on how to implement Ethics in the Technology sector.

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Featured work/projects

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Algorithmic Hiring in Practice - Recruiter and HR Professional's Perspectives on AI Use in Hiring

Co-author of paper published in the proceedings of the AIES (Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Society) conference 2021.

Wyrmix - Podcast

Discussion of ethics and algorithmic bias with the AI-company Wyrmix

Blog post - Ethics belongs in Industry - Here's how we ensure it's a priority

Blog post for Good Systems

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Capstone Project
Ethics in Technology

Capstone Project at the Austin startup company KUNGFU.AI.

Research on how ethics can be implemented in technology. Conducted interviews, a Qualtrics survey and data analyses.

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Sample Work

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AI and Hiring - year-long research project (started in summer 2020)

Independent research with two former classmates and Prof. Min Kyung Lee from the School of Information at UT Texas at Austin. Exploring Human AI interaction in the field of recruiting by conducting a qualitative analysis of multiple interviews with recruiters and AI recruiting platforms. Presented work at 2021 AIES conference. Co-author of paper published in the AIES proceedings.

AI and Ethics Research paper - for classs in Ethics and AI (fall 2019)

Paper for the class "AI and Ethics". Submitted November 2019

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Dashboard and Report for class "Presenting Information" (spring 2019)

Created a dashboard for the Non-Profit Organization Keep Austin Fed and wrote a report about it.

User Research Project for class "Understanding research" (spring 2019)

Group work researching the use of an electronic newsletter at the iSchool, using quantitative and qualitative analyses.

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User experience project for class in "Human AI Interaction"

Design of a new AI recruiting platform called "Journey", using Figma. Group work.

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Legal Research and Writing

Practical Experience

What I’ve Done

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October 2019 - 2020

GRA, University of Texas at Austin

Graduate Research Assistant at the Good Systems Grand Challenge for the project "Bad AI and Beyond: Exploring how popular media shape the perceived opportunities and threats of AI"

January 2017 - present

Freelance Journalist

Freelance journalist for a German catholic news agency (KNA - Katholische Nachrichtenagentur). Articles about several topics regarding US news.

January 2007 - December 2018

Freelance Legal Translator

Freelance legal translator for the Attorney Translation Services, German Courts and other clients.

January 2001 - May 2004

Lawyer at the Legal Department of the Commerzbank, Frankfurt, Germany

Lawyer in the central legal department of one of Germany's largest banks;
Areas of expertise: information technology law, intellectual property law

1995/96 and 1998/99

GRA (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the University of Hamburg, Germany

Research assistant for an International Graduate program (Erasmus Programme in Law and Economics). Tasks included legal research, organizational work with Microsoft Office, and helping to organize an international conference of the program.

1994 - 1998

Rechtsreferendariat (Practical legal training)

Three-year long practical training in the legal profession. State Examination at the end. Qualification to become an attorney, judge or any other legal professional.

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Academic Experience

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January 2019 - December 2020

Master of Information Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Graduate student at the School of Information to study for a MSIS degree specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Metadata.

August 1993 - May 1994

Master of Laws (LL.M.). Tulane Law School

Master of Laws with Distinction. Special concentration on International Law.

1988 - 1993

Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen
(First State Examination in Law)

Legal Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany. Specialization in International Private and Public Law.

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Knowledge & Expertise

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Research Experience

Legal research as a lawyer and as a Graduate Research Assistant.  Background research as freelance journalist and freelance translator.

Technical Skills

Microsoft Office, Tableau, Piktochart,, Open Refine, Basics of Github, Basics of R-Studio

Communication Skills

Work as a freelance journalist


English and German fluent
French proficient
Spanish beginner

Volunteer Work

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Citizen's Climate Lobby
Volunteer Coordinator 
2017 - 2020

Volunteer Coordinator and Grassroots Lever Leader at the Non-profit, bipartisan lobby group CCL.

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Keep Austin Fed

Food runs for Keep Austin Fed, transporting surplus food from a bakery to a charity.

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Austin, TX

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