About the Project

Minderoo Initiative on Technology and Power

/ANNOUNCEMENT

August 2020

UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2) Receives $2.9M Award from Minderoo Foundation to launch multi-year Minderoo Initiative on Technology and Power.

 

This initiative will critically investigate the social impact of digital technologies on communities and the broader public good. It will create new paradigms for the public to understand the harms of tech platforms, predictive technologies, advertising-driven algorithmic content, and the work of digital laborers. /more

Initiative Team

Dr. Sarah T. Roberts

Co-Director, Minderoo Initiative on Technology and Power

Sarah T. Roberts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, at UCLA. She was recently appointed a Research Associate to the Oxford Internet Institute as well as invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cyber Policy (at Chatham House). She holds a Ph.D. from the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. /full bio

Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble

Co-Director, Minderoo Initiative on Technology and Power

Dr. Safiya Noble is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Department of Information Studies where she serves as the Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, and holds appointments in African American Studies and Gender Studies. She was recently appointed a Research Associate to the Oxford Internet Institute and is a Commissioner for the Oxford Commission on AI and Good Governance (OxCAIGG) convened at the University of Oxford, which advises world leaders on effective ways to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning in public administration and governance. /full bio

Vanessa Rhinesmith

Executive Director, Minderoo Initiative on Technology and Power

Vanessa Wrenn Rhinesmith (she/her/hers) is the Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Initiative (C2i2) where she also oversees the Minderoo Initiative on Technology and Power. Vanessa brings over 15 years of project, program, and strategy experience working with non profits, higher education institutions, and social entrepreneurs. She takes an approach to work that is rooted in critical inquiry, collaboration, and trust. Vanessa started her journey as a social worker in Chicago, Illinois before transitioning to work centered in purpose, community, and care in relation to intersectional feminism, harm reduction, and technology and society. Vanessa received her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Simmons School of Management (Massachusetts) with a focus on women* and org behavior.

Minderoo 2020-2021 Research Fellows

Lawrence Maminta

Minderoo Fellow, Culture

Vandhana Ravi

Minderoo Fellow, Policy

Megan Riley

Minderoo Fellow, Digital Labor