Tech for Social Justice

Project Blog

  • Practitioner Profile: Helyx Chase

    September 29, 2017

    On any given day at the office of the Media Mobilizing Project (MMP) in Philadelphia, some dozen young filmmakers and activists taking a several-month course in video production “making media that serves movements” may be found hunched over shared computers, editing videos about local criminal justice reform, immigrant and labor... read more

  • Practitioner Profile: Josue Guillen

    September 28, 2017

    Immediately after the election of Donald Trump, movement technologist, Josue Guillen, was overwhelmed with inquiries from social justice organizers and activist groups suddenly worried about their digital security. Digital security — the protection of an individual’s or organization’s identity, communications and assets via Internet, electronic or cell phone technologies —... read more

  • Practitioner Profile: Berhan Taye

    September 28, 2017

    What are the technologies that intervene in war?

    Former Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow, Berhan Taye, grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After studying International Relations in Sweden, Berhan’s passion for political transformation and restorative justice led her, in 2012, to a job as a communications assistant for CEWARN, a nonprofit... read more

  • Focus Group Facilitation Guide

    August 24, 2017

    This guide was used to run focus groups in a variety of different communities of practice across the space of people who work with technology for social justice.

    Feel free to use this guide, or a modified version, to run a focus group in your own community.

    Link... read more

  • Phase II Semi-Structured Interview Guide

    August 23, 2017

    This interview guide, which was the basis for all of the interviews conducted with practitioners in 2017, was collaboratively developed based on the concerns of the partner organizations on this project.

  • Practitioner Profile: Jack Aponte

    August 22, 2017

    For many community organizations that work on social justice issues, just keeping the office computers running can be a challenge.

    Jack Aponte, a genderqueer Afro-Boricua and self-described “technologist for movement(s),” remembers how in the mid-2000s, when they first began doing tech support for VOCAL New York — a group that... read more

  • Practitioner Profile: Diana Nucera

    by Puck Lo

    March 7, 2017

    Diana Nucera, Director of the Detroit Community Technology Project, has traveled as far as Brazil and stayed as close as a mile to her home, teaching people how to build low-cost, small-scale, high-speed wireless Internet networks. An autodidact who DJs under the moniker, “Mother Cyborg,” Nucera sometimes incorporates a disco... read more

  • Practitioner Profile: Alfredo Lopez

    by Puck Lo

    February 28, 2017

    In July, police shot and killed Alton Sterling and Philando Castile — two unarmed Black men — in a 48-hour period. Videos of their deaths, filmed on cellphones by witnesses, went public almost immediately. Protests erupted across the US, and “Black Lives Matter” again became a rallying cry as thousands... read more