Imagine and craft the worlds we cannot live without, just as we dismantle the ones we cannot live withinRuha Benjamin
We are a nimble team with backgrounds in tech policy, education, urban planning, broadband policy, digital equity, community organizing, design, complex project management, and the arts. Since 2011 we have been collaborating with local groups to train people as digital stewards for their communities.
Greta Byrum reimagines the way we design, build, control, and govern communications systems. Previously, as Co-Director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at the New School for Social Research, she built digital justice through applied research, community collaborations, and policy strategy. Before the New School, Byrum founded and led the Resilient Communities program at New America, where she designed Resilient Networks NYC, an initiative bringing training, tools, and equipment for storm-hardened mesh WiFi to five neighborhoods in NYC’s flood zones. An urban planner, poet, and digital justice organizer, Byrum also serves on the board of the Metropolitan New York Library Council and was a Harvard Loeb Fellow 2016-17. She continues to teach at The New School and to seek and share learnings everywhere on how to build communication systems as a fundamental human right.
Raul Enriquez is a technology trainer and research and development manager. As an educator, he believes a classroom should be visceral, safe, and collaborative.
Houman Saberi is a community technologist and urban planner. Previously, he was the deputy director of the Resilient Communities project for RISE:NYC, where he helped to build resilient community wireless networks in Sandy-affected areas of the city in partnership with local businesses, civic organizations, and residents. Before that, Houman was a Goodman Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. As part of his fellowship, he worked with the Digital Stewards program at the Red Hook Initiative where he drafted a report detailing a community-centered approach to WiFi deployment in public housing and trained local residents on mapping their communities with open data and geographic information systems software.
Ever Bussey is a graduate researcher in Media Studies at The New School University. Their research practice began in Detroit, where they partnered with People in Education and Incite Focus to discover how digital fabrication and digital media can be used for humanizing education and creating self-sufficient communities. Ever’s interest and focus of scholarship is power and its impact on human relationships — specifically, how power lies at the intersection between people and technology, and how tech may be used to maintain or shift power dynamics. Their intention is to contribute a breadth of social research methodologies to groups interested in radical change and power reclamation.
Erica Kermani (b. 1983, Los Angeles; New York City) is an Iranian-Jewish queer femme artist, educator, and community organizer. Her work focuses on collective care, rituals for resistance, and technological sovereignty. Erica has designed curriculum, research and public programs at organizations including Digital Equity Lab, Data & Society, and Eyebeam, and is adjunct faculty at Parsons the New School where she teaches about ancestral and emerging technologies. She is also co-founder and organizer of the festival Radical Networks (first five years), a Board Member of Global Action Project (GAP), and a member of Raha Feminist Collective.
Hana Sun’s background is in gender justice, digital media, education, and community-based organizations. Her projects include researching and analyzing dynamics of broadband access and meaningful adoption in underconnected communities with The New School’s Digital Equity Lab and co-designing and facilitating digital privacy trainings for public libraries across New York City. Hana has organized, taught, and managed projects at Mozilla Hive NYC, Cricket Island Foundation, Asian American Student Advocacy Project, City University of New York, Pacific Writers’ Connection, Likelike Elementary School, and Global Action Project. Hana is formally trained as a social worker and writer.
Monique Tate is a devoted community activist, leader, and consultant, instinctively following the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition principles of initiating projects, weaving networks, building transformative education practices, and community organizing to bring about digital justice in Detroit, MI. She is currently engaged in designing and implementing a community governed wireless internet infrastructure in the Greater North End in Detroit and educating on Community Technology & Digital Stewardship. Her passions are dedicated to uplifting community, inspiring youth, and promoting education, especially digital literacy.