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 has spent her career working with a variety of public and private organizations and industries. She has led projects, improved programs, enhanced organizations, and strengthened cultural dynamics all through an approach to work that is built on a foundation of participatory inquiry, community collaboration, racial and social justice, and trust. She has an MBA from Simmons School of Management (MA), BA in Marketing from Fairfield University (CT), and worked as a social worker in Chicago. Vanessa is the Event Producer of the Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) and Review Editor for the Journal of Community Informatics (JoCI). She lives with her husband, daughter, two rescued cats and dog. In her (little) free time, you’ll find her reading graphic novels or dreaming of where to scuba dive next (post-pandemic).

Minderoo 2020-2021 Research Fellows

Lawrence Maminta

Minderoo Fellow, Culture

Vandhana Ravi

Minderoo Fellow, Policy

Megan Riley

Minderoo Fellow, Digital Labor