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.
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