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As a senior advisor for New America Foundation's Open
Technology Institute, Joshua Breitbart coordinates a team of
researchers, organizers, graphic designers and technologists to learn
how people adopt new technologies and participate in discussions of
telecommunications policy. Our current projects include public computer
centers, broadband adoption programs, and wireless network deployments,
which we are conducting in partnership with government agencies,
research institutions, civil society organizations, educators and
Mr. Breitbart was formerly the Policy Director for People's Production House,
which provides media education in New York and Washington, DC. At
People's Production House, he initiated participant-driven
investigations into media policy and communications technology,
including “The Internet is Serious Business,” produced in partnership
with the Center for Urban Pedagogy, for which he was a founding board
member. As Policy Director, Mr. Breitbart drew on these investigation in
testifying before city and state officials and in filings with federal
agencies on matters including mobile broadband, net neutrality, the
digital television transition, and government transparency.
Mr. Breitbart has extensive experience in participatory media, having worked in
print, web, and video, including co-founding Brooklyn's Rooftop Films in
1998 and serving as an editor and organizer with Indymedia from
2000-2004. Mr. Breitbart was the Communications Director for Media Tank in
Philadelphia, PA, where he led the Philadelphia Grassroots Cable
Coalition and conducted an investigation into the city's Wireless
Philadelphia initiative, which was published by New America Foundation
in 2007. He was a founding board member of the Center for Urban Pedagogy
and, from 2002-2007, he was an organizer of the Allied Media Conference,
based in Detroit, MI, which he still attends every year.
Mr. Breitbart grew up in Brooklyn, has a B.A. in American History from Columbia
University and is an alumnus of Deep Springs College.