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Public Interest Technology Chat: Centering the Community

October 27, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm

The Public Interest Technology Chat (PITCh) is a monthly series of remote conversations between established and early career scholars to support the work of practitioners and academics interested in public interest technology, with topics ranging from substantive issues to professional development topics.

The PITCh, hosted by Lab Director Prof. Anne L. Washington, PhD, will feature analysis and approaches by established scholars, and extensive opportunities for dialogue and reflections with two guests per session. Each session will also have a limited number of early career individuals as a “live” audience, who will have the opportunity to ask questions and respond to the main conversation. The events will be broadcast live in a Zoom Webinar format, and will also have a brief general public Q&A towards the end.

The session on October 27 will feature UCSC Professor Chris Benner and Arizona State University Professor Alexandrina Agloro.

The PITCh is partially funded by the National Science Foundation and the New America Public Interest Technology University Network.

Registration and more information available here.


Chris Benner

Chris Benner

Professor, Chair, and Director of the Everett Program, and Institute for Social Transformation

His scholarship focuses on the relationship between technological change, economic restructuring, and innovative social justice strategies.

Alexandrina Agloro

Alexandrina Agloro

Assistant Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society

As a 2018-2019 Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellow, she pursued a book project on global participatory game design in communities of color in South Africa and the U.S. Her most recent game, “The Resisters,” was an alternate reality game she designed through participatory research with young people of color about local social momvement history in Providence, Rhode Island. Agloro studies the connections between reproductive justice; land, water and internet sovereignty; and interactive media.