Nadia Nadesan

Open Future Fellow 2023
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Nadia is a 2023 Fellow at Open Future. She is an urbanist turned technologist working at the intersection of ethical tech, commons, public space, and more transparent and accountable governance.

During her fellowship, Nadia explores the frictions in the governance of AI technologies through a series of articles.

Nadia has been working with open source software such as Decidim to forward an agenda for more ethical tech and tech for the public interest and to create accessible digital platforms – especially for digital cultural heritage. She is a founding member of Design Justice Mediterranea and the diaspora tech collective Tech Revengers. Her work and activism include developing narratives that foment more inclusive participation, developing digital resources and tools, and researching internal practices on more participatory governance. Nadia works toward social justice, especially with and for queer and migrant communities.



Friction and AI Governance: Experience from the Ground

August 23, 2023 by: Nadia Nadesan
In this article, Open Future fellow Nadia Nadesan shares learnings from facilitating a citizen assembly with Algorights to investigate local participation concerning the AI Act. 

Friction and AI Governance: Institutional Intermediaries

July 3, 2023 by: Nadia Nadesan
This article examines an example from the global women's rights movement of how organizations and institutions support local actors to participate in transnational AI governance and challenge top-down structures and mechanisms.

Friction and AI Governance: through the Scale of the City

May 10, 2023 by: Nadia Nadesan
AI governance captures a wide range of processes and conversations, from internal governance policies for companies to public, national, and transnational regulatory bodies. For this blog series, I intend to map places where friction in this seemingly effortless and inevitable flow of technology occurs.