Who runs this?

New_ Public started in 2019 when co-directors Talia Stroud and Eli Pariser asked themselves what thriving publics need from digital spaces. Deepti Doshi joined as Co-Director in 2022.

Editor-in-Chief: Josh Kramer

What is New_ Public?

New_ Public is a place for thinkers, builders, designers, and technologists like you to meet, share inspiration, and make better digital public spaces.

We’re a non-profit project of the National Conference on Citizenship and the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin.

We believe the online spaces where we gather, work, and play, should be every bit as good as the public spaces we have in the real world.

Why shouldn’t we have digital platforms where everyone can feel safe and flourish, like in our best parks and libraries?

This newsletter allows us to dive deeper into specific themes that interest us while bringing together a bunch of diverse, smart voices in one place.

We’ll be in your inbox every two weeks with nuanced, thoughtful takes on what the future of digital public spaces might look like and fresh new ideas about how to get there.

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We’re trying to form a little community of people who care about building the next generation of social media platforms.

You can find us on Linkedin and Instagram and Twitter, but the best way to follow us is by reading this newsletter, where we opine on tech happenings, share things that inspire us, host open threads, and even publish essays written by our excellent readers.

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Josh Kramer

Writer // Illustrator // Cartoonist Head of Editorial, New_ Public

Deb Schultz

Digital placemaker and ecosystem builder. I have been working to build a more human social web since - well - the beginning. Technology changes, humans don't.

Eli Pariser

New_ Public co-director

Melanie Kahl

🌱Nudging what's possible for people and places online and off. ✨A neighbor, noticer, auntie, friend, teacher, citizen, and curator. 🔭 Design, strategy, and facilitation for flourishing organizations and services. Design director and doula

Keren Ruth Wong

Partnerships @ IDEO Play Lab

Victoria Sgarro

Designer, Writer, Economist

New_ Public

We’re a community of thinkers, designers, and technologists building the digital public spaces of the future.

Deepti Doshi

New_ Public Co-Director

Jasmine Lewis

The Poetic Warrior Multi-Intentional Scholar, Artist, and Vanguard of Social Change

Ravon Ruffin

strategist, educator, and community designer who focuses on public engagements with art, the Internet, and archives to build sustainable ecosystems.

Angelica Quicksey

coffee & community & the great outdoors • now: urban planner for the internet at New_ Public, board at Technologists for the Public Good • always: civic technologist & designer

Esther Abosch

Digital Content Producer at New_ Public