More Than Code

#MoreThanCode: Practitioners reimagine the landscape of technology for justice and equity

The report “#MoreThanCode: Practitioners reimagine the landscape of technology for justice and equity,” with recs based on over 100 tech practitioner interviews, is finally out! I’m a report co-author and was part of the coordination team for the past two years. Get it at! More about the project, from the project site: The Technology for Social[…]

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Design Justice: Towards an Intersectional Feminist Framework for Design Theory and Practice

I presented the paper “Design Justice: Towards an Intersectional Feminist Framework for Design Theory and Practice” at the Design Research Society in Limerick this summer. Check out the preprint on SSRN! Abstract: Design is key to our collective liberation, but most design processes today reproduce inequalities structured by what Black feminist scholars call the[…]

poster for the data justice conference in cardiff, 2018

Video of Keynote Plenary talk for the Data Justice conference

Last week I had the pleasure to participate in the Data Justice conference in Cardiff, as a keynote plenary speaker. Data Justice was an international conference exploring “research on, and practices of, social justice in an age of datafication.” From the conference description: The collection and processing of massive amounts of data has become an increasingly[…]

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The Routledge Companion to Media and Activism

I have a chapter in the soon-to-be-published Routledge Companion to Media and Activism (edited by Graham Meikle)! My chapter is titled “Transformative media organizing: Key lessons from participatory communications research with the immigrant rights, Occupy, and LGBTQ & Two-Spirit movements.” Here’s the abstract: The relationship between the media and social movements is hotly contested by[…]

Cover of the book Media Activism in the Digital Age

Media Activism in the Digital Age

I’m happy to share that Victor Pickard and Guobin Yang’s new edited book, Media Activism in the Digital Age, contains a chapter that I coauthored (with Chris Schweidler, Teresa Basilio, Meghan McDermott, and Puck Lo) about the intersection of youth organizing and youth media. The chapter is based on findings from the Media in Action participatory research field[…]

The cover of the design justice zine issue number 3. The letters of the word design are red, with bulbous organic shapes, the letters of the word justice are blue, with a custom font.

Design Justice Zine #3

The Design Justice Zine Issue #3 is now available to download! (selfie: I edited & contributed to this issue). Of special interest to designers, devs, hackers, social justice activists, and you! Design Justice Zine Issue #3: Design Justice for Action Edited by Sasha Costanza-Chock Designed by Una Lee, Victoria Barnett, Taylor Stewart Free download– High[…]


Codesign Studio 2017 Final Projects Are Up!

I regularly teach a course at MIT called the Collaborative Design Studio in Civic Media, or the Codesign Studio for short. This semester we focused on youth media, gentrification, and displacement in the Boston area; but we wanted to develop media projects that respond to the current political, cultural, economic, and environmental crisis with youth-led visions of a[…]

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“Toward Transformative Media Organizing” published in Media, Culture, & Society

Exciting news! Together with Chris Schweidler and the Transformative Media Organizing Project, we’ve published findings from our nationwide participatory action research into media activism by LGBTQ and Two-Spirit advocacy organizations in Media, Culture & Society – one of the top peer-reviewed journals in the field of media studies. The abstract and link to full text[…]