I’m kaiton williams, a Ph.D. candidate in Cornell’s Information Science program, where I'm a member of the Culturally Embedded Computing group.

I study the role computers increasingly play in our articulation of our selves: how we understand who, when, what, and why we are. I focus on the ideologies of these systems, particularly as they are deployed and debated in the developing world—areas that shouldn’t be viewed as in need of charity but instead as rich in a tradition of entrepreneurship and creativity, as places with designs, ideas, and indigenous knowledge that can only inform and nourish the very meaning of computing everywhere.

I also help build tech apprenticeship programs for underrepresented communities at Floodgate Academy, and advise and partner with teams at Start-Up Jamaica.

My current research is supported both by the Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing and the National Science Foundation and includes:

I can be reached at kaiton at cs.cornell.edu