Portrait

Rodrigo Ochigame

I am a PhD student in the Program in History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society at MIT. My research focuses on practical experimentation with the institutional forms of direct democracy. I am especially concerned with the problems of scale, expertise, and rhetoric in deliberative assemblies.

My latest essay (with James Holston) is Filtering Dissent: Social Media and Land Struggles in Brazil, New Left Review, 2016. It investigates the algorithmic filtering of public discourse through a case study of land conflict and mobilization. Translations are available in Spanish and Turkish.

I also develop software for remapping information in unusual ways:

Email: last name at mit.edu (PGP)