We believe that science and technology can empower communities—but need to be guided by deep insight into communities’ issues, goals, and strategies. We build that insight using empirical research and social theory.
The Fair Tech Collective trains students from Drexel University to take a critical and constructive approach to science and technology. They learn to collaborate and translate across diverse viewpoints.
"I began learning from Gwen sixteen years ago. She taught me the fundamentals about citizen science, about sampling, about engaging and informing communities so that they can be their own advocates."
—Anne Rolfes, Founding Director, Louisiana Bucket Brigade
“The Fair Tech Collective gave me the rare opportunity to critically evaluate which features of technology support democratic values, and which suppress them.”
—Amy Gottsegen, Computer Science major, Drexel University
"Dr. Ottinger has provided the space and leadership for community members to collaborate on significant refinery monitoring issues."
—Constance M. Beutel, EdD, Good Neighbor Steering Committee, Benicia, California
"Working with the Fair Tech Collective showed—rather than told—me the importance of technology that is sensitive to the lives of those it affects."
—Derek Parrott, M.S., Science, Technology, and Society, Drexel University, 2016
On The ground
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A new analysis of real-time monitoring data calculates the "toxic soup index" in Richmond, CA. Read More. (Aug. 2018)
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Sufyan Abbasi presents Air Watch Bay Area app to No Coal in Richmond, a coalition of activists fighting coal trains in northern California. (June 2018)
The Meaning from Monitoring project received an Honourable Mention for the Society for Social Studies of Science's Making and Doing Prize in Sept. 2018