Mutale Nkonde

Founder and Leader
AI for the People
Mutale Nkonde

AI For the People (AFP) is a nonprofit communications firm, whose mission is to add a racial justice analysis to all discussions about tech. Prior to starting AI for the People, Nkonde worked in AI Governance. During that time, she was part of the team that introduced the Algorithmic Accountability Act, the DEEP FAKES Accountability Act, and the No Biometric Barriers to Housing Act to the US House of Representatives.

In 2021 Nkonde was the lead author of Disinformation Creep: ADOS and the Weaponization of Breaking News, Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review, this detailed the findings from computational analysis that informed the development of an online intervention against a disinformation campaign targeting Black voters during the 2020 US Presidential Election. AI for the People recently co-produced a film with Amnesty International to support the ban the scan campaign, a global push to ban facial recognition. She was most recently featured in CNN's United Shades of America where she discussed techno racism, which describes how technical the system we use in our everyday live become encoded with racial bias.