Ford/Media Democracy Fund Tech Exchange Grant

MIC is one of 11 host sites around the world to be awarded a 2019-2020 Tech exchange grant, through a program designed by Ford and Media Democracy Fund to create more opportunities for emerging technology leaders around the world to gain experience working with civil society organizations working at the crossroads of digital technology and social justice.

Through a joint project with the Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance, MIC’s Technology Exchange Fellow, Barbie Izquierdo, is working to organize Philadelphia’s 16,000 domestic workers and ensure they receive paid time off through Alia, an online benefits platform created by NDWA Labs by and for domestic workers. This joint project supports an innovative breakthrough in providing legally mandated benefits for gig economy workers through the Philadelphia Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

2019-2020 Tech Exchange cohort:

  • Omar Mohammed Aljawfi, Arab American Institute Foundation (Washington, DC)
  • DiePreye Krukrubo, Color of Change (Brooklyn/NYC)
  • Víctor Saavedra, Dejusticia (Bogota, Colombia)
  • Frankie Devanbu, Libraries Without Borders (Baltimore, MD)
  • Barbie Izquierdo, MIC Center (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Miles Miller, National Digital Inclusion Alliance (based in Phoenix, AZ)
  • Oarabile Mudongo, Research ICT Africa (Cape Town, SA)
  • Majd Al-Shihabi, Social Media Exchange Association (SMEX) (Beirut, Lebanon)
  • Oren Goldberg, United for Respect (Brooklyn/NYC)
  • TBD, American Indian Policy Institute (Tempe, AZ)
  • TBD, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Washington, DC)
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