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Dr. Denisa Reshef Kera is a philosopher and designer experimenting with creative strategies of public engagement in emerging science and technology issues. Her collaborative work won several prizes, such as 2020 Special Jury Prize “Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling Awards” by the Columbia University School of the Arts. “Lithopy” project is a fairytale with code that combines design fiction movie with functional prototypes of smart contracts using satellite data to explore ideas of governance by design. The project was supported by a Marie Curie Research Fellowship at the University of Salamanca where Dr. Reshef Kera studied RegTech and algorithmic governance attempts to implement ethical and regulatory guidelines into the emerging infrastructures (blockchain, IoTs and satellites). After her Marie Curie Fellowship (2018–2020), she continued her work at the Weizenbaum Internet Institute in Berlin on a book about genealogy of automation and algorithmic governance (to be published in Routledge 2022). In 2021 she joined Tel Aviv University with a research project on webmonetization and blockchain technologies for content creation. She is based in Malta and Tel Aviv, from where she runs an independent D&O Future Design & Policy lab working on regulations and audits of algorithmic services https://dando.design/. In the late 2021 she joined the Center for Distributed Ledger Technologies at the University of Malta where she is researching regulatory sandboxes and teaching courses on regulation, governance and DLTs.
She has a global experience of a scholar researching open and citizen science projects (National University of Singapore, Arizona State University, Charles University), on which she worked closely with various industry partners, open science communities and intergovernmental organizations (ITU, UNESCO Ethics of Science and Technology sector, Division of the Social and Human Sciences, WSIS 2011 UNESCO forum). In her home town Prague, she was also a founding member of SCART - Society for Science & Art Convergence that produced and curated over 20 events, conferences and exhibitions, a director of the annual TransGenesis festival of biotechnology and art, and most recently the director of Maker Faire Prague (2017-2018) that she established. She is recognized for her pioneering work combining design with ethnography in the research of the so-called hackerspaces and citizen science laboratories around the world that she describes as “grassroots R&D culture,” “geek diplomacy” and “science artisanship”.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Lecturer in Distributed Ledger Technologies, University of Malta

Nov 2021Oct 2022

Founder, Chief Researcher, D&O Future Design and Policy Lab

Aug 2021 → …

Visiting Research Fellow, Tel Aviv University

Jan 2021Jul 2021

Marie Curie Research Fellow at BISITE, Pontifical University of Salamanca

Research Fellow, Weizenbaum Institute, Technische Universitat Berlin

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