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Aleesha Rodriguez

Aleesha Rodriguez is an experienced researcher in the fields of digital media communication and science and technology studies (STS). As a Research Fellow, Aleesha will be researching everyday understandings of and practices with children’s Internet experiences for the purpose of proposing new positive digital futures. Aleesha’s broader research agenda examines public communication on digital platforms, such as TikTok and Reddit, to explore the ways in which people and technology, mutually and dynamically, shape each other. Through their research, Aleesha hopes to contribute new understandings about future technologies. Specifically, by exploring public imaginaries of past Internet technologies (what was good and worth attaining?), Aleesha hopes to speculate and co-design with families and relevant stakeholders, what a fair, inclusive, and nurturing Internet, in the future, could look like.

Earliest digital memory
My dad coming home from work one night with our first personal computer. Even though I didn’t know what it was, when I saw dad pull this cream machine out of the box, I knew this thing was important based on how excited all the adults were. I also vividly remember the Windows 95 welcome screen and startup sound.



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