My work has been covered in places like The Atlantic, Motherboard, Newsweek, Boston Globe, and CBC

Tweet me: @chels_bar

Mail me: cbarabas at media dot mit dot edu


In a nutshell.

I am currently the Head of Social Innovation at the MIT Media Lab's Digital Currency Initiative.

Before that, I completed a Master's degree at MIT, where I got the chance to work alongside a brilliantly eclectic group of professors, researchers and students in the Comparative Media Studies Program and at the Center for Civic Media in the Media Lab.

With this community I have explored a wide range of issues related to the use of emerging technologies to serve the public good -- everything from citizen data collection in Brazil to conservation drones in Kenya and ed-tech workshops in Peru. Common across all my work is a general interest in building technological infrastructures that serve the public interest.

The main focus of my graduate research was on understanding the U.S.'s ongoing struggle to cultivate and hire a diverse technical workforce. For my thesis, I worked with CODE2040 to take a close look at the overlooked biases and limitations inherent in the tech industry's current recruitment practices.  

Now I'm deeply involved in identifying ways to leverage digital currencies like bitcoin to address a wide range of civic and social issues. Don't see the link between bitcoin and diversity in the workforce? Email me, and I'll make you the case. :-)