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 2021.

Editor & Designer: Paul Mendoza

Contributors: Deb Schultz, 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 week 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 Twitter and Instagram, 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 flash fiction written by our excellent readers.

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Josh Kramer
Comics and stories
Paul Mendoza
Head of Community Experiences at New_ Public.
Deepti Doshi
New_ Public Co-Director
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
Deb Schultz
Digital placemaker and ecosystem builder. Been working to build a more human social web since the beginning. Technology changes, humans don't.
Eli Pariser
New_ Public co-director
Melanie Kahl
🔭 Design, strategy, and facilitation for flourishing organizations and services. Design doula. 🌱Nudging what's possible for people and places online and off. ✨A neighbor, noticer, auntie, friend, teacher, citizen, and human.
Ravon Ruffin
strategist, educator, and community designer who focuses on public engagements with art, the Internet, and archives to build sustainable ecosystems.