Marjory S. Blumenthal

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Adjunct Policy Researcher
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Education

M.P.P., Harvard University; A.B. in population studies, Brown University

Media Resources

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Overview

Marjory Blumenthal (she/her) is an adjunct policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She joined the RAND Corporation as director of the experimental Science, Technology, and Policy program in spring 2016, with a broad remit that includes science and technology trends, societal impacts, and policy. Her work at RAND has addressed such topics as automated vehicles, measuring the impact of research, regulatory policy, technological surprise and national security, citizen science, and trends and impacts of emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, 5G, quantum, deepfakes, IOT, and much more.

As founding executive director of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, she addressed the full range of information technologies and their impacts and is recognized for her work on the evolution of the internet and cybersecurity. In 2003, she took a leadership position at Georgetown University, developing academic strategy, promoting innovation, and fostering research; her personal research addressed cybersecurity in the context of the cloud. In 2013–2016, Blumenthal was executive director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, addressing research targeting and support, cybersecurity, big data and privacy, IT in health, technology and the future of cities, biosecurity, and many other issues.

Blumenthal is principal author and/or coauthor of numerous books and articles and serves on various boards and advisory bodies. She holds an M.P.P. from Harvard University and an A.B. in population studies from Brown University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and International Affairs Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Selected Publications

Chari, Ramya, et al., The Promise of Community Citizen Science, RAND (PE-256), 2017

Miller, Ben, et al., Inching Toward Reform: Trump's Deregulation and Its Implementation (PE-241)

Laura Fraade-Blanar, Marjory S. Blumenthal, James M. Anderson, Nidhi Kalra, Measuring Automated Vehicle Safety: Forging a Framework, (RR-2662), 2018

Marjory S. Blumenthal, Laura Fraade-Blanar, Ryan Best, J. Luke Irwin, Safe Enough: Approaches to Assessing Acceptable Safety for Automated Vehicles, RAND Corporation (RR-A569-1), 2020

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: KJZZ-FM Online; Shift; SmartDrivingCar

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