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John Boy awarded Fellowship Grant at NIAS

John Boy will be an Urban Citizen Fellow for the next academic year with his research project Urban Citizenship and Emerging Critical Technical Practices in Amsterdam. He will research the question: What critical technical practices are technologists in Amsterdam experimenting with, and how they can enable meaningful citizenship in the city?

John D. Boy wants to understand the growing interest in practices such as community servers and permacomputing. These practices often challenge the traditional relationship between critical technologists and the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) movement, which has long been a cornerstone of their work, and also offer a vision of an 'open source city'.

Boy plans to study these new technical practices through ethnographic fieldwork with different communities of practice. He will also discuss with city officials how these practices can help create more equitable digital infrastructures in urban areas.

NIAS Fellowship Grants

The NIAS Fellowship Grants promote slow science and enable researchers, writers, journalists and artists to spend five or ten months working on their projects in the international and interdisciplinary environment of the Institute. Fellows can step away from the academic routine, pursue their curiosity, ask new questions and make groundbreaking discoveries in their research.

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