Dr Peaks Krafft (they/them) is Senior Lecturer and MA Internet Equalities Course Leader at the UAL Creative Computing Institute. Dr Krafft undertakes critically-oriented computer science research, academic organising, and community organising, especially recently on four issues in higher education and tech: social impacts of technology; personal and institutional accountability; anti-racism in organisations, and conflicts of interest from tech funding.
Dr Krafft's work is animated by an interest in who and what is missing when we talk about or are involved in data science and computing. How do we move beyond the terms equality, diversity and inclusion, to build counter-power to the modes of oppression in society that are replicated within tech? For many who are marginalised, the status quo remains a central barrier to being present and progressing in the fields of computer science and data science. Dr Krafft is equally occupied with how work is organised in tech and higher education, as with doing work in these sectors.
Dr Krafft received their PhD in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2017, completed their postdoctoral work at the University of California Berkeley and University of Washington, and was previously faculty at the University of Oxford. Dr Krafft participates in several tech justice groups including NoTechForTyrants, United Tech and Allied Workers, and the Movement for Anti-Oppressive Computing Practices. They have published and presented extensively on topics including participatory change in digital institutions, data visualisation, AI, casualisation, and ethics. Dr. Krafft co-directs the Critical Platform Studies Group (CritPlat), an international research collective which interrogates and intervenes on structures of power that are produced or reproduced by software.