Special Announcement

We are thrilled to share the next phase of our work and impact across UCLA – and beyond.

This fall we are passing the leadership torch from Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble to Dr. Sarah T. Roberts, who will lead the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2) as Faculty Director for AY22-23. C2i2 will continue its work at the intersection of tech and society in service of all UCLA students, research fellows, and faculty interested in pursuing education and research in critical internet studies.

Together, we will continue as the Co-Directors of the Minderoo Initiative on Technology and Power, and will continue our engagement and collaboration with the Minderoo Tech Impact Network

As part of our evolution, we are imagining and catalyzing new initiatives that build on and complement key learnings incubated at the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2) and the Minderoo Initiative on Technology and Power. 

This year, Dr. Roberts will be incubating a new research initiative on tech workers that will be formally announced later this year. In addition, Dr. Roberts will be co-leading an effort with Dr. Noble and Dr. Stacy Wood to help establish a critical internet studies degree program at UCLA.

On July 1, 2022, Professor Safiya Noble was appointed as Interim Director of the DataX initiative at UCLA while the campus conducts a national search for the permanent director. While she will not have administrative duties at C2i2, she will continue to be a champion of the work of the Center. 

During her term at DataX, Dr. Noble will incubate the new National Center on Race and Digital Justice a multi-institutional international initiative at the intersection of racial justice, technology, and civil, human, and sovereign rights. The National Center on Race and Digital Justice will focus on deep and lasting public impact that foregrounds accountability and repair from extant and emerging harms from the tech industry. Its work includes: informing legislation, building strong networks of coordinated work, collaborating with community organizations, conducting academic and legal research, curating public lectures, and supporting new thinkers and leaders in the emerging domain of digital civil rights. 

C2i2 continues to be a strong and daring epicenter of research and impact because of our incredible researchers and professional staff. Dr. Stacy Wood will split her time and continue in her leadership role as Director of Research and Programs at C2i2, while also working on the campus-wide DataX initiative. Vanessa Rhinesmith and Akina Younge have also transitioned from C2i2 to join the National Center on Race and Digital Justice as Executive Director and Policy Director. 

There is much work to be done and a variety of ways to do it. We see these new initiatives as an opportunity to deepen our unique contributions to the technology and society ecosystem that will generate much-needed critical research, leaders, collaborators, and impact.  

We will be sharing more details and exciting updates in the coming weeks and months, including how to follow along with each research effort, how to get involved with our work, and how to help steward these inspiring efforts. 

We are incredibly grateful to each of you for your support in this important work! 

Sincerely,
Professors Safiya U. Noble and Sarah T. Roberts
Co-Founders, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2)
Co-Directors, Minderoo Initiative on Tech and Power