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Aligning Your Data and Methods your Mission

March 13, 2019 - 8:29am
This blog post is based on a keynote I gave recently at the 2019 SSIR Data on Purpose event. Are you optimistic or pessimistic about data as a tool for good in the world? Over the last few years I’ve seen the shift in answers to this questions. People used to answer “optimistic”, but now most people indicate some mix of emotions. You’ve probably seen the Gartner hype cycle with its suggestion that a technology receives inflated […]
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The Narrative of Public Criticism

February 7, 2019 - 12:13pm
Joy Buolamwini, a doctoral student at the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab, and Deborah Raji, an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, released an important piece of research on January 25, an analysis of commercial facial analysis tools that indicated that most of these tools perform better on white male faces than they do on black female faces. Specifically, Buolamwini and Raji tested to see whether machine learning models could identify […]
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LinkedOut: Codesigning Societal Reentry with Returning Citizens

January 31, 2019 - 3:24pm
December 2018 saw the passing of the First Step Act, a bipartisan-supported criminal justice reform bill. Some of its provisions include: easing up mandatory minimum sentences, relaxing the “three strikes” rule to 25 years instead of life imprisonment, enabling inmates to earn “good time credits” and “earned time credits” that can be counted towards early release or transition to halfway houses/home confinement.[1] Though it represents a hopeful shift in criminal justice reform in the US, […]
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How Automated Tools Discriminate Against Black Language

January 24, 2019 - 12:13pm
Filtering Rudeness on Social Media One of my favorite aspects of social media is coming across amazing work by activists, creatives, and academics. I get especially excited to see work by fellow women of color, whose perspectives are often left out of mainstream media and activism. So naturally, when I discover that posts by women of color are being filtered out of my feed, I am 1) skeptical, 2) upset, but also 3) not surprised. […]
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Narrative Objects: Sexual Healing

January 22, 2019 - 9:01am
Note: This post includes content about sexual trauma. This is the first in a series of posts about Narrative Objects: physical artifacts — from the speculative to the functional — that tell new stories about the world we live in. Sexual Healing is a collection of sensory objects for people who experience sexual problems after a traumatic experience, focusing on individual agency and the reclamation of pleasure, rather than clinical treatment. These objects are meant to be functional at the […]
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The Just Data Cube (at D4BL II)

January 14, 2019 - 1:49pm
We live in a world increasingly governed by algorithms. Sadly these algorithms aren’t creating a more neutral world of equitable outcomes; they are baking in historical injustices long present in society at large (1). Not surprisingly, those who are currently denied power in society are the most at-risk in this data driven future. Their voices should be amplified and set the agenda. The Data for Black Lives (twitter) organization works to bring together one communty of folks […]
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Confidentiality at the core of harm reduction in youth programming

December 3, 2018 - 8:05am
Youth and privacy in the Americas: Head and Hands/À deux mains, Canada How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Andrea Clarke from Head & Hands/À deux mains What: Medical, legal and social services Mission/vision: To work […]
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My Deep Sea, My Backyard: Participatory Ocean Exploration

November 5, 2018 - 8:31am
In our lab at the MIT Center for Civic Media, much of our work centers around broadening participation in technology design (for example, the Make the Breast Pump Not Suck project). Lately, in collaboration with the MIT Open Ocean Initiative, we have also been thinking about how to broaden participation in scientific discovery. Traditionally, ocean exploration is done by those with formal degrees and access to costly equipment, but in order to fully explore and understand our vast oceans, we […]
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Twitter suspended me for tweeting feminist academic research. Here’s why that’s a problem.

September 29, 2018 - 9:55am
This morning, I did what I always, lamentably, do, which is wake up and check Twitter. I noticed that the account for MIT, where I work as an admissions officer and research affiliate, had tweeted a story about Math Prize for Girls, an annual competition, hosted on campus last weekend, for women with an affinity for STEM. I’m a longtime fan and supporter of Math Prize. In fact, I had spoken at the competition, giving a […]
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Hiring: Gobo Lead Developer

September 19, 2018 - 6:19am
Are you worried about the power of social media platforms? They’ve increasingly centralized and have radically altered the idea of the “web” for hundreds of millions around the globe. Black-box algorithms govern what users see on platforms like Facebook and Twitter, with no mechanisms or accountability for their real world impacts. This has led to waves of backlash against these platforms, with the media and policymakers pursuing them with pitchforks. It doesn’t have to be […]
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AI storytelling on Messenger for youth citizenship

September 17, 2018 - 10:21am
Youth and privacy in the Americas: UNICEF Brazil How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Nelson Leoni from UNICEF Headquarters and Pedro Ivo Alcantara from UNICEF Brazil What: Campaigning Mission/vision: To promote the fulfillment of children’s […]
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#MoreThanCode Full Report

August 21, 2018 - 6:42pm
The Technology for Social Justice Project (T4SJ) is excited to release a new report, #MoreThanCode: Practioners Reimagine the landscape of technology for justice and equity. Download the Full Report. #MoreThanCode is a participatory action research report based on interviews, focus groups, and data analysis with 188 tech practitioners from across the U.S.A. The report explores the current ecosystem and demographics; practitioner experiences; visions and values; documents stories of success and failure; and provides key recommendations […]
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Viral videos to challenge victim-blaming cultures

August 19, 2018 - 6:45am
Youth and privacy in the Americas: Pensamiento Colectivo, Uruguay How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Luciana Almirón, Tania De Tomás, Cecilia López Hugo, Andrea Salle, Leticia Brandino and Agustina López from Pensamiento Colectivo What: Campaigning […]
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Codesign and intersectionality to revitalize digital literacy

August 19, 2018 - 5:38am
Youth and privacy in the Americas: eQuality Project, Canada How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Valerie Steeves and Jane Bailey from eQuality Project at the University of Ottawa What: Research, policy, school and community resources […]
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Privacy awareness for a healthy internet

August 17, 2018 - 12:20pm
Youth and privacy in the Americas: Mozilla Foundation, United States/Global How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Chad Sansing What: Program development, research, fellowships, curriculum Mission/vision: To keep the internet open and accessible to all Where: […]
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Activism to reach the newest users in fast-connecting Bolivia

August 10, 2018 - 9:50am
Youth and privacy in the Americas: InternetBolivia.org, Bolivia How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Eliana Quiroz and Cristian León from Internet Bolivia.org What: Advocacy, campaigning, research Mission/vision: To strengthen the free and safe use of […]
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Research to challenge traditional approaches to digital rights

August 3, 2018 - 5:33am
Youth and privacy in the Americas: InternetLab, Brazil How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Mariana Valente from InternetLab What: Research Mission/vision: To foster academic debate around issues involving law and technology, especially internet policy. Where: […]
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Research-driven efforts for child data protection

July 20, 2018 - 11:33am
Youth and privacy in the Americas: Datos Protegidos, Chile How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Jessica Matus from Datos Protegidos What: Research, workshops, litigation Mission/vision: To promote, defend and educate about the right to privacy […]
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Youth league for privacy awareness: Hiperderecho, Peru

July 17, 2018 - 5:42am
Youth and privacy in the Americas: Hiperderecho, Perú How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. Quick facts Who: Miguel Morachimo from Hiperderecho What: Legal advocacy, campaigning, workshops Mission/vision: To promote local development through solidary social economic practices in different […]
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Empowerment for youth-friendly privacy law enforcement: Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Canada

July 4, 2018 - 8:31am
Youth and privacy in the Americas: Office of the Privacy Commissioner, Canada ————————- How do youth allies promote young people’s critical thinking on privacy, in informal learning contexts in the Americas? This blog post is part of a series showcasing the work of different organizations at the intersection of youth development, digital rights, and online safety. ————————- Quick facts Who: Kasia Krzymien and Anne-Marie Cenaiko, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada What: Investigation of data privacy […]
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