Our Team

University of Michigan Team

Verena Getahun, School of Information, studies library and information science and human-computer interaction as a first year Masters student at the University of Michigan. She is interested in supporting libraries and non-profits in making information accessible.

Jesse Kerstetter, School of Social Work, is a first year Masters student at the University of Michigan concentrating in Community Organization, with a focus on Children and Youth in Family and Society. Prior to starting his MSW, Jesse earned his BS in Art Education at the University of Kutztown in Pennsylvania, taught English in Japan, and served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Cabo Verde and Mozambique.

Brandon Patterson, School of Education, is a graduate student studying higher education. He hopes to create digital learning technologies that afford underrepresented communities access to higher education while seeking to better understand the changing global learning environment. He has a background in advising, mentoring and planning programs with international students and students planning to study abroad at a university level.  When asked the question “What is the future of higher education?”, he often refers to educational technologies, like those being developed at the University of Michigan, which are changing the traditional classroom in drastic and exciting ways.  Connect with him via LinkedIn.

Bangalore Team

The Centre for Internet and Society – The Centre for Internet and Society is a non-profit research organization that works on policy issues relating to freedom of expression, privacy, accessibility for persons with disabilities, access to knowledge and IPR reform, and openness (including open government data, free/open source software, open standards, open access to scholarly literature, open educational resources, and open video), and engages in academic research on digital natives and digital humanities.

Lawrence Liang, is a lawyer and co founder of the Alternative Law Forum, a collective of public interest lawyers. Liang works closely on issues of Intellectual property, access and public interest. He has also worked for over a decade on censorship, freedom of speech and media regulation, and has written extensively on the area. He has also been involved in a number of cases on free speech. Liang was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the anthropology department at Columbia University between 2010-11 and is currently finishing a book on Law, Justice and Cinema in india. Liang also holds a Phd in film theory and has been teaching courses around cultures of law and justice for many years. An avid bibliophile and cinephile, his interest in pedagogy stems from an interest in autodidacts, and how curiosity, not disciplines should be the primary propelling force behind pedagogy. Liang has also worked closely with other organizations such as sarai, CSCS and Camp, and Edukitchen is a project jointly intiaitted by Jeebesh bag chi, Shveta Sarda, Rupali Gupte, Prasad Shetty and Lawrence Liang.

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