Kat Braybrooke is a digital anthropologist, designer and curator whose work explores the politics of digitally-mediated spaces and practices, in particular the relations between hacker and maker communities, social infrastructures and new modes of production.
Other than ✨cyberspace, she has called Las Vegas 🌵, Vancouver🌲, London💸 and Oxford🕯 home, and has spent the past decade working for social justice and third-sector organisations including Mozilla, the Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Media, Oxfam, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Aalto University Fablab, UK Parliament, and the Liu Centre for Global Issues to enable greater digital access for marginalised groups through open source production and educational design. Her work has been featured on BBC, Guardian, DAZED, Rabble, Furtherfield and The Tyee, and she is a co-founder of the Open Design and Hardware Network and an editor of the Journal of Peer Production.
Kat received a MSc Digital Anthropology (Distinction) in 2011 from University College London for “She-Hackers”, an ethnographic study of gender subjectivities amongst young female F/LOSS (Free, Libre, Open Source Software) hackers in Europe. She is in the final stage of a PhD at the University of Sussex Humanities Lab, for which she conducted a year-long ethnography of the first collections makerspaces at large musuems in London like Tate and the British Museum which explored for the first time how these spaces were produced, and how they affected institutional logics and power relations. She also engages in projects that explore maker practices and spaces in South Asia, and in particular China.
To get in touch, find Kat on email or Twitter. 🎏