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Free Radicals is a collective of citizen-scientists on a mission to include a critical social justice lens into science.

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Training Experts for a More Engaging Act

As we’ve surveyed in the last posts, technical scientific expertise is a central criterion for a seat at the table for decision-making around new biotechnologies. Where does this expectation come from? In this post, we explore how scientists come to see themselves as the experts and how they come to internalize the boundary between science and the...

Expert Decision-making, the Second Encore

How is the public systematically excluded from discussions about genetic engineering technologies? What strategies might scientists employ to include public opinions within their governance structure? Find out in this new installment of Backstage Decisions, Front-stage Experts! Missed the last section? Click here! Want to start from the beginning? Click...

The Asilomar Repertoire, now with CRISPR

How does the legacy of the 1975 Asilomar conference inform recent and ongoing regulation of CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technologies? How do these regulation structures reproduce social inequities? Find out in this new installment of Backstage Decisions, Front-stage Experts! Missed the last section? Click here! Want to start from the beginning? Click...

Myths of Self-Governance

So far, we’ve talked about how the 1975 Asilomar conference created a system in which scientists escaped government and public scrutiny. But whose perspectives and voices were sidelined in the process? Find out in this new installment of Backstage Decisions, Front-stage Experts! Missed the last section? Click here! Want to start from the beginning?...

Casting Call for “The Public”

In this week’s installment: When faced with the scientific possibilities and public hazards of emerging recombinant DNA technology, 1970s molecular biologists are forced to navigate the contentious boundaries between science, government and the public. Didn’t catch part 1? Click here for the previous installment! A U.S. military research satellite...

Performing Expertise

In democratic societies like the U.S., we entrust relevant experts with the task of making hard choices that impact broader society. There is a tacit agreement between technical experts and everybody else that the experts will follow rational decision-making heuristics that align with previously established norms and values. Scientists often fill this...

A Survival Guide to Tech Career Fairs

Zine-troduction Typical career fair advice looks something like this: put on a blazer, print copies of your resume, practice handshakes. But do these tips really prepare you to enter a room full of representatives for companies that often design drones and surveillance systems, maintain toxic working conditions, and gentrify and displace Black and...

The Origin Story of Free Radicals

For the first installment of our zine, “Building a Practice of Science and Social Justice”, we look back at the origin story of Free Radicals, and the questions and events that led to our founding:

Oh, the Places Your Data Will Go!

An innocent selfie gets uploaded to Instagram and goes on a journey that’s a bit more than she bargained for… Follow our selfie on a journey through facial recognition algorithms, the corporate and state data sharing environment, and more, oh my! All in spectacular rhyming fashion. This post is part of a series of zines that Free Radicals presented...

Tech Companies’ Complicity in State Violence Runs Deep

This piece is cross-posted by Stop LAPD Spying Coalition on Medium here. In the wake of nationwide rebellions against police violence, tech companies and their workers are claiming to be in solidarity with the Black community by “pausing” the development of surveillance technologies. Some employees of tech companies like Microsoft are even going one...

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