Mark Latonero is the research director and deputy managing director at the Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and a research professor at the University of Southern California (USC), where he investigates emerging communication technology and social change. Latonero’s recent work examines the intersection of technology and human rights, with a focus on human trafficking. In partnership with the USC Information Sciences Institute, he is developing technologies that disrupt the social dynamics of the trafficking trade and that leverage real-time data to provide actionable information for counter-trafficking efforts. USC Annenberg’s technology and human trafficking initiative involves collaboration across private and public sectors including the US Department of Justice and Microsoft Research.
Latonero currently serves on a National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine committee to study domestic minor sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. He also served as a member of the California Attorney General’s task force on human trafficking. He has published in journals such as Information, Communication & Society, International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, and Communication Research.
Latonero received his PhD from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and was a postdoctoral research scholar at the London School of Economics.