Kat Braybrooke is a sociotechnical researcher🔮, designer and sometimes-curator whose work explores the politics of digital making practices and relationships, in particular the links between cultures, spaces, and power.
Other than ✨cyberspace, she has called Las Vegas 🌵, Vancouver🌲 and now London💸 home. She has spent the past decade working for social justice projects and NGOs 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 engage marginalised communities through creative digital technologies. Her work has been featured in the BBC, the Guardian, DAZED, Rabble, Furtherfield and The Tyee.
Kat is now writing up her doctoral thesis at University of Sussex Humanities Lab, based on a year-long ethnography of user imaginaries and power dynamics at ‘collections makerspaces’, or sites for digital making and learning 🎨 that have opened within prominent cultural heritage institutions in London such as the Tate and the British Museum. Kat’s research is inspired by the works of Doreen Massey, Donna Haraway, Antonio Gramsci and Stuart Hall. She holds a MSc Digital Anthropology (Distinction) from UCL for “She-Hackers”, an ethnography of gender identity issues for 30 young F/LOSS hackers across Europe.💎
Kat is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Peer Production, a co-founder of the Open Design and Hardware Network, and a long-time enthusiast of dance music that employs electronic beats to trascend, empower and resist🏮🎉 .
To discuss a collaboration, get in touch via email or Twitter. 🎏