The UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2) is honored to announce the appointment of filmmaker and visionary Oge Egbuonu as Artistic Director and Storyteller in Residence. Oge Egbuonu is a widely acclaimed filmmaker known for her focus on disruptive and inspirational storytelling.

Oge Egbuonu joins C2i2 as part of a new Artist in Residence program that brings in artists to engage with the issues that have arisen due to the creation of unjust technologies and the exploitation of systematic racism. This program creates an exciting opportunity to develop cultural artifacts grounded in the Center’s research that can shift narratives for mass audiences and tech workers alike, to more intentionally use and create technology in ways that do not harm others.

C2i2 Co-Director Dr. Safiya U. Noble said, “Our goal is to share the mission-critical work of the Center with broader audiences. This important collaboration with acclaimed filmmaker Oge Egbuonu will help us tell more stories that can inspire the urgent change we need around the crises of social media and algorithmic harm. We are grateful for the generous support of the Omidyar Network in recognition of the power of culture and storytelling as an agent for change.”

Oge’s documentary (IN)VISIBLE PORTRAITS was recently acquired by the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and premiered on March 2, 2021. The film dismantles the false framework of the present-day reality by celebrating the extraordinary heritage of exceptional Black women, igniting hope for the next generation. Egbuonu describes the film as “a love letter to Black women, and a re-education for everyone else.”

In response to her appointment, Egbuonu said, “I look forward to working closely with C2i2 at UCLA to reimagine a more just world that centers and amplifies the voices, ideas, and priorities of the most vulnerable.”

The UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2) is an interdisciplinary university research center at the University of California, Los Angeles committed to reimagining technology, championing racial and economic justice in the tech sector, and strengthening democracy through culture-making and public policy work. The Center is home to the Minderoo Initiative on Technology and Power, an initiative that investigates the social impact of digital technologies on the broader public good.