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Allison Burtch
Current location
New York, NY
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
201415, Project Resident

Allison Burtch was most recently a strategist and researcher at Canopy, a Brooklyn-based startup creating a private recommendation architecture for the internet.

Previously, Burtch was the Speculative Hardware lead at UNICEF, creating the global strategy for drone delivery of vaccines and flood response.

She taught “Critical Theory of Technology: Politics, Utopia and Code” at the School for Poetic Computation and was a resident at Eyebeam, the leading art and technology center in the United States, where she created a small ultrasonic hardware device that protects smart phone users from passive audio surveillance.

Burtch has collaborated on such projects as the Dumb Store (collaboration with fellow Eyebeam alum, Ramsey Nasser) – a mobile app store for dumbphones, co-organized Prism BreakUp at Eyebeam, and the Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference at New York University. She was the lead researcher for Maya Lin’s online memorial “What is Missing?”.

Previously, Allison was an editor of the Occupied Wall Street Journal, a six-edition print publication translated into six languages and distributed globally.

She has spoken internationally at conferences and universities. She has a master’s degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


Read more about PrismBreakup here

The conference was coordinated by

 Heather Dewey-Hagborg / @hdeweyh

 Allison Burtch / @irl

 Aurelia Moser / @auremoser

 Ramsey Nasser / @ra

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