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.

 
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Gwen Ottinger

lab founder

 

Associate Professor
Department of Politics
Center for Science, Technology, and Society
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

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For media inquiries, email Emily Storz at Drexel University or call 215.895.2705 (office) or 609.351.3592 (cell) 


Impact

"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


Recent Activities

On The Ground 

on the page

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Air Watch Bay Area working group hosts a workshop on the future of AWBA. (June 2018) Watch Presentation. 

Two new reports, Making the Most of Air Monitoring and Air Watch Bay Area, recommend ways to improve air monitoring and data access for frontline communities. (June 2018)

on the web

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Air Watch Bay Area goes live in Spanish! (June 2018)

 

on the ground

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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) 

on the ground

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Congratulations to the the lab's recent graduates!  Amos Akinola (BS, Mechanical Engineering, Drexel); Kelsey Boone (BS, Biology, Drexel); Kristen Kepics (MS, Environmental Policy, Drexel); and Sufyan Abbasi (BS, Physics and Computer Science, Vassar University) (June 2018)

in the Press

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Discover Magazine blog highlights Gwen Ottinger's contributions to new NACEPT report on strengthening citizen science at the EPA (Apr. 2018)

 
 

Achievements

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Air Watch Bay Area Report Published in June 2018

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Making the Most of Air Monitoring Report Published in June 2018