Erhardt Graeff is a professor, social scientist, and civic technologist. He studies the design and use of technology for civic and political engagement. His current research examines how we measure the impact of technologies in terms of empowerment and civic learning and the ethical responsibility of technologists as stewards of democracy. Erhardt’s recent writing has addressed youth digital activism, monitorial citizenship, civic education, designing apps for civic engagement, and political memes. He regularly consults with foundations, companies, and nonprofits on civic engagement research and leads workshops on civic media and participatory design for students, educators, and social entrepreneurs. Erhardt is Assistant Professor of Social and Computer Science at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and a faculty associate at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He holds a PhD from the MIT Media Lab, where he was a member of the Center for Civic Media. And he is a founding trustee of The Awesome Foundation, which gives small grants to innovative and promising projects.

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