Hodan Omaar

Hodan Omaar
Policy Analyst
ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation

Hodan Omaar is an analyst focusing on AI policy at ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation. Previously, she worked as a senior consultant on technology and risk management in London and as a crypto-economist in Berlin. She has an MA in economics and mathematics from the University of Edinburgh.

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Recent Publications

October 21, 2021

The impulse to compare Big Tech to big government is hard to resist. Many see tech companies as the new Leviathans.

August 9, 2021

Given the transformative potential of AI for workforce decisions, policy should tilt toward enabling transformation with this technology.

May 17, 2021

The Tenant Data Privacy Act would require all owners of residential buildings that use digital technologies to provision access to residents, such as through electronic key fobs or biometric door locks, to obtain informed consent through writing or a mobile app. Additionally, building owners would need to provide a “plain language” privacy policy to tenants that details the data their smart access system collects, the third parties they share the data with, how they will securely store the data, and how long they will retain data for.

April 27, 2021

As other nations rapidly scale up their investments to develop and use quantum computing, U.S. policymakers should ensure the United States remains a leader. Investing in near-term applications would bolster the development of longer-term use cases, thereby helping to cement U.S. economic competitiveness and protect national security.

April 1, 2021

To advance the president’s ambitious agenda, the administration should develop and share U.S. genome data, require law enforcement agencies to share data, and create a publicly available national evictions database.

March 1, 2021

AI promises to help cities save money, address infrastructure needs, and reduce emissions. But to unlock these benefits and help smart cities reach their full potential, the federal government has an important role to play in funding RD&D and facilitating cooperation.

December 7, 2020

The United States has an imbalanced portfolio of high-performance computing resources that is failing to meet growing demand among artificial intelligence researchers. To fill the gaps, Congress should authorize at least $10 billion over the next five years for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy.

December 4, 2020

The Pentagon’s data strategy, released in September, offers a model for building a data-centric organization with both a grounded foundation to support transformational change and a context-specific framework that brings the strategy to life.

November 27, 2020

U.S. states that have adequate artificial intelligence capabilities could benefit by looking east, at a small Asian country already leading in AI.

Recent Events and Presentations

July 14, 2021

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation hosted a discussion about a new report exploring steps Congress and federal agencies can take to support quantum computing in the United States.

March 23, 2021

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation hosted a video webinar to discuss the transatlantic opportunities and challenges to promoting better cooperation in military use of AI.

December 16, 2020

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation hosted a conversation with Lauren Klein on her new book Data Feminism, co-authored with Catherine D’Ignazio.

December 10, 2020

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation hosted a discussion on a new report exploring what steps Congress, the NSF, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) should take to increase access to HPC resources for AI researchers in the United States.

October 14, 2020

ITIF’s Center for Data Innovation hosted a discussion about the impact quantum computing will have on AI, the current state of the field and near-term challenges, and the role that policy can play in accelerating this paradigm shift in computing and AI.

July 9, 2020

ITIF hosted a discussion with industry leaders on the role of digitalization in driving energy efficiency gains across the economy, and the release of a new ITIF report assessing the concerns—some legitimate and most not—regarding the energy and environmental impacts of the tech sector.

July 8, 2020

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation hosted a discussion about the efficacy of using algorithms to moderate content, the role algorithms can play in addressing the infodemic, and the ways policymakers can support innovation in automated content moderation.

May 21, 2020

ITIF's Center for Data Innovation hosted a discussion on the challenges and opportunities of establishing a digital currency in the United States.