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Greta Byrum is an urban planner and a senior field analyst on the Field Operations team at the Open Technology Institute, where she designs and implements collaborative neighborhood technology projects. Greta's work focuses on the meeting-place between urban planning and evolving technology practices, especially as they impact underserved and low-income communities. Her interest in communications technologies began a decade ago with with a weekly pirate broadcast on Iowa City Free Radio, and evolved through her urban planning work on disaster response and community development potentials of small-scale low-power FM radio and wireless internet. Her work is driven by a belief in the transformative capacity of local organizations to build and own shared tech infrastructure. She holds an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and an MA in Literature from Johns Hopkins. Greta is currently serving as interim director for the Field Operations Team and heading up the search for a permanent director.