Who runs this?

New_ Public started when co-directors Talia Stroud and Eli Pariser asked themselves what thriving publics need from digital spaces.

Newsletter Editor: Josh Kramer

Magazine Editor: Wilfred Chan

Founding Contributing Editors: Aleks Krotoski, Astra Taylor, Caroline Sinders, Dipayan Ghosh, Douglas Rushkoff, Malkia Devich-Cyril, Kamal Sinclair, Margarita Noriega, Meredith Clark, Sara Hendren, Vanessa Mason.

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? We also have a magazine— 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.

Join our community

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 monthly Open Threads, and even publish flash fiction written by our excellent readers.