Abdur Rehman
First Name: Abdur
Last Name: Rehman
Graduation Year: 2021
Country: Pakistan
Education: Gettysburg College

Why MIDS? ​

I chose MIDS primarily for its small cohort size, 1-year capstone, and beautiful location.

What excites you about data science? 

Over the last two years, I have become aware of the many issues that data science has created in the world. And coupled with my industry experience, I am concerned about its future impact, in hiring to sentencing to autonomous weapons. I believe that we need to develop a practice of data science that is ethical and regulate the use of algorithms. For example, we need clear guidelines that make algorithms transparent, and their creators accountable and responsible for their impact. Without ethics and regulation, data scientists risk ushering in an unequal, unstable and divided society that nobody should be excited about.

What research area are you most interested in? 

Digital privacy, machine bias, and attention economics.

What do you like to do in your free time? 

I like to listen to 70’s & 80’s rock, read short fiction and biographies and follow Arsenal FC.

What is one interesting fact about you? 

I have lived in the US for the past 10 years, but haven't been to Disneyland.