Swathi Ramprasad


Swathi Ramprasad, 21, a graduate of Duke University, with a double major in computer science and public policy, founded the university’s Cyber Policy and Gender Violence Initiative and is its principal researcher. Through the university’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, she headed a program that connected 40 recently resettled refugee women with undergraduate mentors. Her honors thesis on the demographic biases of bail-setting algorithms was awarded “highest distinction” by Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy. She wants to use her digital expertise to address “harmful online activity,” including invasions of privacy, stalkerware and revenge porn, to foster greater digital preparedness. Her career goal is to become an advisor on technology policy at the local or federal level. Studying at Oxford, she says, will give her the grounding she needs to accomplish her EF project, the creation of a multilingual, centralized web site for the refugee population of Durham, North Carolina. The one-stop site, which she hopes to launch within a year after completing her Master’s studies, would consolidate social-service applications, job opportunities and public-service announcements in an easy-to-use, translated format for immigrants that she can envision in great detail. The jobs tab, compiled from online databases, for example, would display jobs that don’t require extensive knowledge of English. The public information tab would include announcements related to eviction moratoriums, school re-openings and vaccine sign-ups. “At my core I am a community-driven idealist,” she says, “a person who wants to work alongside those in need.”

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