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Black and white photo of Lydia (a petite woman with light olive skin and shoulder-length dark brown hair) taken with a cell phone in a bathroom mirror over a white sink. She is wearing a long, '60s style winter coat and sequin shirt. She is looking down at the screen of the phone, not at the mirror.

Information and computing technologies play increasingly prominent roles in our lives. While much good has been achieved and more is promised, many continue to suffer.

We long for joy and connection. Will our technology help or hinder us in this project? Will we take a way that prioritizes the most vulnerable and promotes equity?

To understand these issues, I am very-very broadly speaking looking at how computing and information technologies are imagined, developed, and used (or not used), by whom, for what purpose, etc.

I am a PhD student in the Human-Centered Computing program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and a research assistant in the Designing pARticipatory futurEs (DARE) lab. Before that, I coordinated the Johns Hopkins Global Early Adolescent Study and taught at the Guangzhou English Training Center for the Handicapped.

I am Baltimore-based and looking for opportunities to serve through research, advocacy, creative work, or assisting with usability and user experience design. If you think we might be a good fit for a project, contact me at lydiastamato @umbc.edu or @gmail.com.