This week the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s (NHMC) DC policy team is happy to welcome Brianna Posadas, our summer Media Democracy Fund (MDF) PhDX fellow. The PhDX summer fellowship program connects technologists of color with key organizations in the policy realm. The program also provides fellows professional development experiences and opportunities to make an impact in the public policy realm with their technical expertise. Additionally, MDF provides a stipend for the summer and for fellows to attend the Allied Media Conference in Detroit.
Brianna Posadas received her bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College and completed a master’s degree in agricultural engineering at the University of Florida (UF). She is currently completing a doctorate in Human-Centered Computing as a McKnight Doctoral Fellow also at UF. Her research interests include the intersection of engineering, agriculture, and policy. With the advent of big data, many new fields have introduced machine learning and artificial intelligence, creating a new landscape of privacy and data ownership land mines many fields are not equipped to manage or regulate. Her goal is to create better informed consumers and citizen scientists who can contribute to the big data conversation and become empowered advocates.
She is looking forward to assisting NHMC this summer with crafting and advising technology policy to ensuring equal access for and fair treatment of the Latino community. In her free time, Brianna enjoys salsa and bachata dancing, trying new breweries and travelling.