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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 facets of online surveillance and privacy.
At OTI, she manages a large-scale study of the impacts and outcomes of broadband stimulus funded initiatives in the city of 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.
Prior to OTI, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. At Yale ISP, 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 the International Journal of Communication, First Monday, New Media & Society, and Journal of Communication Inquiry, and she as co-edited two books, Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice, and Alternatives on Media Content, Journalism, and Regulation.
She is a visiting fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. She has also consulted with Public Knowledge, Media Alliance, Center for International Media Action, and the Institute for Public Policy Research.