The Digital Privacy Project team represents tech experts, researchers, community activists, and librarians all passionate about the impact of technological advances on everyone, especially the most vulnerable populations in the U.S. Bios are current as of 2016.
Seeta Peña Gangadharan is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics and a Program Fellow at New America’s Open Technology Institute. She has written and spoken widely about digital inclusion, privacy, surveillance, and data profiling of marginalized populations. She is the principal researcher on the Data Privacy Project.
Nate Hill is the Executive Director of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). Before joining METRO in June 2015, Nate served as Deputy Director of the Chattanooga Public Library, where he led the 4th Floor project, a 12,000 square foot library loft space featuring a public access makerspace, civic laboratory, and gigabit laboratory. Nate was named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2012.
Bex Hurwitz co-founded Research Action Design (RAD), a worker-owner collective which uses community-led research, transformative media organizing, technology development, and collaborative design to build the power of grassroots social movements. Bex and RAD affiliates did curriculum development and course instruction for the Data Privacy Project.
Melissa Morrone is a librarian at Brooklyn Public Library, working closely with the public in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons. Melissa is the editor of Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond and has written about libraries, technology, and privacy. Melissa is project lead for the Data Privacy Project.
Bonnie Tijerina is a Researcher and past Fellow at Data & Society Research Institute, a think/do tank focused on social, cultural, and ethical issues arising from data-centric technological development. Bonnie is a librarian, entrepreneur and library community convener. In her current role at Data & Society, she works on issues of data privacy literacy and big data research ethics. Bonnie worked in libraries for over 10 years, engaged with ALA’s Office of Information Technology Policy for 7 years, and has created events and organizations to facilitate communication and foster collaboration among information management professionals in libraries. Bonnie is working to engage the library community in a broad conversation on the future of libraries and the important role library professionals can play in a modern, digital world.
Contemporary library and training photos by Gregg Richards/Brooklyn Public Library.
Historical Overview and Data Flows web learning modules designed by Angie Waller.