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Rebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams is a researcher and writer interested in how data and technology reconstructs power in society. She is also interested in oil painting, poetry, and picnics. She has lived along the Northeast Regional Amtrak line her whole life and currently lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Hannah Arendt.



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Technology and Public Purpose Project Research

Research related to "smart city" emerging technology harms & prevention tactics.

My goals of this research are to support people already doing related research and advocacy and to produce a risk framework, assessment of current policies and practices, and set of harm prevention recommendations.

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Civic Tech Book Club

A virtual book club with a critical lens on civics ∩  technology.

CTBC was created in 2015 by Forest Gregg, Rebecca Ackerman, and Rebecca Williams (members of the “civic tech” community) who lived far apart from each other and wanted a space to discuss readings. Since the pandemic, the virtual group has taken on a new life and meets more frequently.