About us

Partners

The Institute for Technology in The Public Interest is associated with Friends of the earth Europe, The Underground Division, Our Data Bodies, Constant and CS.

Current members

Miriyam Aouragh

Reader at Communication And Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster, London.

Miriyam began research about the implications of the internet in Palestine. She studies techno-political evolutions during outbreaks of mass revolts in the Middle East and North Africa (Second Intifada 2000, the Arab Uprisings 2011, the Second Wave protests 2016). She received the Rubicon grant in 2009 and a Leverhulme grant in 2011, she continued to research the counter-revolutionary and imperial role of internet and technology. As a media anthropologist, she combines ethnographic offline methodologies (long term participant observation and interviews) with critical theory and media analyses. Her work is published in several books and journals including her own monographs Palestine Online (IB Tauris 2011) and her forthcoming Mediating the Makhzan (2021). She teaches Middle East politics, Critical theory of the internet and Global media. She is a member of the editorial board of Historical Materialism.

Seda Gürses

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft.

Seda is a member of 'the Institute' and Constant, as well as a member of the faculty in the Department of Multi-Actor Systems at TU Delft. Her work focuses on privacy enhancing and protective optimization technologies (PETs and POTs), privacy engineering, as well as questions around software infrastructures, social justice and political economy as they intersect with computer science. She is also a member of the team that developed DP3T, one of the proposals for COVID-19 Contact Tracing Apps. http://vous-etes-ici.net

Femke Snelting

Constant, association for art and media, Brussels.

Femke develops projects at the intersection of design, feminisms, and free software. In various constellations she explores how digital tools and practices might co-construct each other. She is member of Constant, association for art and media based in Brussels. Constant generates performative publishing, curatorial processes, poetic software, experimental research and educational prototypes in local and international contexts. With Jara Rocha she activates Possible Bodies, a collective research to interrogate the concrete and at the same time fictional entities of bodies in the context of volumetric technologies. With the Underground Division (Helen Pritchard and Jara Rocha), she studies the computational imaginations of rock formations. Femke teaches at XPUB (experimental publishing master, Rotterdam). http://snelting.domainepublic.net

Helen Pritchard

i-DAT, University of Plymouth.

Helen’s work considers the impacts of computation on social and environmental justice and how these impacts configure the possibilities for life—or who gets to have a life—in intimate and significant ways. As a practitioner she works together with others to make propositions and designs for computing otherwise. Helen is the co-editor of Data Browser 06: Executing Practices (2018) and Science, Technology and Human Values: Sensors and Sensing Practices (2019)and an associate professor in queer feminist technoscience & digital design. Together with Femke Snelting and Jara Rocha, she activates the Underground Division, an action-research collective that investigates technologies of subsurface rendering and its imaginations. http://www.helenpritchard.info/

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