Seeta Peña Gangadharan

Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute

Seeta Peña Gangadharan is a senior research fellow at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute (OTI). Her research focuses on the nature of digital inclusion, including inclusion in potentially harmful aspects of Internet adoption due to data mining, data profiling and other forms of online surveillance and privacy.

At OTI, she manages a large-scale study of the impacts and outcomes of broadband stimulus-funded initiatives in Philadelphia and examines broadband-adoption trends at the national level. She also co-leads OTI's Privacy and Security Initiative, where she researches the experience and expectations of surveillance and privacy by new users who rely primarily on public access to computers and the Internet.

Before joining OTI, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. At Yale, she initiated a project on the tension between digital inclusion and data profiling. Her PhD work, completed at Stanford University, investigated the politics of communication policymaking, with a focus on the rulemaking process at the Federal Communications Commission.

Her work has appeared in First Monday, the International Journal of Communication, the Journal of Communication Inquiry and New Media & Society. She co-edited two books, Alternatives on Media Content, Journalism, and Regulation and Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice.

She is a visiting fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale. She has also consulted for the Center for International Media Action, the Institute for Public Policy, the Media Alliance and Public Knowledge.

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