A collaborative interview series by Tech Workers Coalition and Data & Society

In this blog post, Data & Society Digital Content Associate Natalie Kerby and Tech Workers Coalition Volunteer Danny Spitzberg speak with materials engineer Isabella R., a Midwesterner who currently lives in the Seattle area. She works in engineering research and development, and plans to attend graduate school this fall at UW. She believes the path to a better future includes fighting for racial and climate justice, and increasing accessibility and representation in tech and higher education.

In this interview series, Tech Workers Coalition and Data & Society speak to four tech workers about how their work has changed during the…


Una serie colaborativa de entrevistas por Tech Workers Coalition y Data & Society

En este artículo, Ana Ulin de Tech Workers Coalition entrevista a Marve Romero. Marve es una mujer Latina que disfruta del trabajo en comunidad. Es miembra de la Cooperativa East Harlem Cleaning, la cual pertenece a la membresía de Up & Go, que es también una cooperativa. Durante Covid, participa en talleres, reuniones y entrenamientos vía internet. Marve y sus compañerxs expandieron sus servicios y su membresía — y aparecieron en el New York Times. Busca siempre desarrollar su espíritu cooperativista. To read this post in English, click here.

En esta serie de entrevistas, Tech Workers Coalition y Data &…


A collaborative interview series by Tech Workers Coalition and Data & Society

In this blog post, Tech Workers Coalition Ana Ulin interviews Marve Romero. Marve is a Latina that enjoys working in community. She is a member of the East Harlem Cleaning Cooperative, which belongs to the larger cooperative Up & Go. During the pandemic, Marve participates in workshops, meetings, and training online. She and fellow worker-owners also added new cleaning services, recruited more workers, and were featured in The New York Times. She always seeks to deepen her cooperativist spirit. Para leer en español, haga clic aquí.

In this interview series, Tech Workers Coalition and Data & Society speak to four…


A collaborative interview series by Tech Workers Coalition and Data & Society

In this blog post, Data & Society Digital Content Associate Natalie Kerby and Tech Workers Coalition volunteer Danny Spitzberg talk with Zuyi Chen, a Chinese-Canadian software engineer who works in the Chicago area. He recently switched jobs from a full stack software engineer at Relativity to a full-time devOps engineer at a Chicago-based financial firm. He loves to read about tech and to share his knowledge with others.

In this interview series, Tech Workers Coalition and Data & Society speak to four tech workers about how their work has changed during the pandemic and draw out different models of solidarity.


A collaborative interview series by Data & Society and Tech Workers Coalition

In this blog post, Data & Society Labor Futures Program Director Aiha Nguyen speaks with R. Leonard, a Hatian-American network engineer who, as a part of his contracted work, has spent time in hospitals before and during the pandemic to configure their Wi-Fi networks. He is a self-described, “New Yorker who wants to know how everything works, and uses tech to get closer to an understanding.”

This interview is part of a series in which Tech Workers Coalition and Data & Society speak with tech workers about how their work has changed during the pandemic and draw out different models…


A collaborative interview series by Data & Society and Tech Workers Coalition

By Natalie Kerby, Data & Society and Danny Spitzberg and Kaylen Sanders, Tech Workers Coalition

“We need people to listen to us.”

From December 2020 through February 2021, we heard this over and over.

Tech Workers Coalition and Data & Society partnered to interview tech workers about how their work might have changed as a result of the pandemic. Our goal in these interviews was to push the boundaries of who we consider “tech workers.” Through these conversations, we drew out the power dynamics and hierarchies that have been exacerbated during this time and found different models of worker solidarity.

We talked with a Wi-Fi network engineer


The vision for our 2021–2022 Fellows call

Data & Society has two fellowship calls open: one for a Public Fellow (deadline: December 7), who will be embedded within our AI on the Ground initiative, and the other for our Faculty Fellows (deadline: December 16). In this blog post, our Director of Research Sareeta Amrute expands on her vision for the two fellowships at Data & Society.

Last month, Data & Society announced two fellowship opportunities: our continuing Faculty Fellows program, and a brand new Public Fellow for our AI on the Ground program. …


Jill Lepore and danah boyd discuss how tech can’t fix democracy

In this conversation, presented by Data & Society and Brooklyn Public Library, historian Jill Lepore discusses her latest book, “If Then,” with danah boyd. This interview was originally published at Public Books.

“If, Then” book cover next to Brooklyn Public Library and Data & Society logos. Background is a pink gradient w/ color blocks
“If, Then” book cover next to Brooklyn Public Library and Data & Society logos. Background is a pink gradient w/ color blocks

The interview you are about to read took place on September 17, 2020, inside the hallowed walls of Zoom. Dozens of people gathered around the virtual fireplace to celebrate the launch of Jill Lepore’s latest book, If Then, a book that has been described as a revelatory account of the Cold War origins of the data-mad, algorithmic 20th century.

Writing in the Financial Times, Hannah Murphy said, “Harvard…


A Critical Orientation

By Data & Society Researcher Robyn Caplan, Faculty Fellow Meredith Clark, and Research Analyst William Partin

On January 14, 2021, Data & Society will host a workshop titled “Against Platform Determinism.” This blog is intended as a further provocation for this call. The deadline to apply as a participant or paper writer is October 21st, 2020. We welcome applications from a range of disciplines, including legal, organizational, activist, policy, media, and platform domains.

prism against grey backdrop
prism against grey backdrop
Spigget — Wikimedia Commons

There is no doubt that platform corporations are among the most significant economic, political, and cultural actors in contemporary life. Platforms are powerful because they position themselves…


Anthropologist Anita Say Chan, interviewed by Rigoberto Lara Guzmán & Natalie Kerby

a black circle with the word #unsettle in front of a black and white close-up of the moon.
a black circle with the word #unsettle in front of a black and white close-up of the moon.

Note from interviewee Anita Say Chan: In the weeks since this interview, we’re all encountering a world that is by no means an unforeseen event or disaster attributable to the novel biology of the virus alone, but indeed, a symptom of an already-ailing system decades (or more) in the making. The breathtaking loss and destruction we now see didn’t just happen far away, in some abstract “elsewhere,” and it didn’t happen overnight because of a virus. It advanced gradually, over time, with every mundane decision to ignore precarity either locally or globally, or to exacerbate vulnerability by disinvesting from civic…

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