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With Micah Sifry (Co-Founder, Civic Hall), Sasha Costanza-Chock (Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab), Berhan Taye (Sr Policy Analyst & Global Internet Shutdowns Lead, Access Now), Diana Nucera (Mother Cyborg), Matt Stempeck (Sr Researcher, Civic Hall).
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Diana Nucera (she/her), AKA Mother Cyborg, is an artist, educator, & community organizer who explores innovative technology with communities most impacted by digital inequalities. Her specialty is developing popular education experiences, supported by dynamic documentation that empower communities to use media & technology as visionary tools. She has been working as a media artist & technology educator for the past sixteen years.

Berhan Taye (she/her) is a researcher who investigates the relationship between technology, society, & social justice. She is Senior Policy Analyst & Global Internet Shutdowns Lead at Access Now. She has led the #KeepItOn campaign, a global campaign to stop internet shutdowns with a coalition of more than 220 member organizations from across the world. Before joining Access Now, she was a researcher for the Technology for Social Justice Field Scan project that produced the report. Before that, she was a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow (2016-2017) with Research Action Design & the Open Technology Institute. Berhan holds an MA in Peace studies & Public Policy from the University of Notre Dame & a BA in International Relations from Malm University.

Sasha Costanza-Chock (they/them or she/her) is a researcher & designer who is known for their work on networked social movements, transformative media organizing, & design justice. Sasha is a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a joint appointment in the MIT Media Lab & the Department of Urban Studies+Planning, & Senior Research Fellow at the Algorithmic Justice League. Sasha is the author of two books & numerous journal articles, book chapters, & other research publications. Their new book, Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need, was published by the MIT Press in 2020.

Matt Stempeck (he/him) is Senior Researcher at Civic Hall & curator of the Civic Tech Field Guide, a crowdsourced global directory of nearly 4,000 tech for public good projects. He holds a Masters of Science from the MIT Media Lab's Center for Civic Media & a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland College Park. You can follow along with Matt's good & bad ideas at

Micah Sifry (he/him) is President & Co-founder of Civic Hall, editor-in-chief of its news-site Civicist, & the longtime curator of Personal Democracy Forum. He is the author or editor of nine books, several of which are focused on the intersection of technology & democracy, including most recently Civic Tech in the Global South (co-edited with Tiago Peixoto) (World Bank, 2017); A Lever & a Place to Stand: How Civic Tech Can Move the World (PDM Books, 2015), with Jessica McKenzie; The Big Disconnect: Why the Internet Hasn't Transformed Politics (Yet) (OR Books, 2014); & Wikileaks & the Age of the Transparency (OR Books, 2011).
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