Emnet Almedom

Emnet Almedom is a Research & Policy Analyst at the Othering & Belonging Institute focused on technology and economic justice


She is a first-generation Eritrean immigrant from Georgia. Her work has primarily focused on economic justice policies and practices that combat wealth-stripping and enable wealth-building for communities of color. Her early career was in direct services with foreign-born survivors of human trafficking in Georgia, followed by a few years in social services policy and consulting in Washington DC. In 2019, she conducted qualitative research with unhoused Oaklanders to support organizing for a divestment from policing as a response to mental health crisis and poverty. Her work serves a contribution to a growing, community-led movement for reversing decades of harmful policing and surveillance of Black communities. Her graduate thesis investigated pathways to community-driven economic development in Inland California, while also detailing the harm and economic inefficiency of corporate-driven economic development via tax credits. Emnet holds a BS in International Affairs and Economics from Georgia Tech and an MPP from the University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy.


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Reimagining the Politics of Technology Creation: Towards Technology for Belonging
In today’s digital era, technology is restructuring society, catalyzing fundamental shifts across the multitude of systems that define how we relate to one another. Its influence on all spheres of life presents immense possibilities for both belonging and othering. How can we use technology to bridge divides and to include those on the margins? How is technology for belonging created differently than technology that others? How can we better understand the technology tools we use or that are used on us? We’ll learn about innovative answers to these questions and learn daily technology...