Technology strategist and developer

I run Spacedog.xyz, a multidimensional digital agency for organizations on a mission, working on projects across the world and building tools that reflect our values of openness, social justice, and appropriate technology.

I was previously Director of Technology at the Citizen Engagement Lab, an accelerator for online-organizing initiatives. There, I worked with an amazing set of organizations and campaigns to build and launch over twenty new websites over three years.

During my graduate education I was a researcher at the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media. An archive of my graduate portfolio is available at jlev.media.mit.edu, and my contributions to the open source world are on GitHub.

Selected Projects

    • Stories of Solidarity
    • Stories of Solidarity seeks to help address the growing insecurity of work that plagues millions of precarious workers in the US by providing a basis for new forms of solidarity and collective conceptions of labor. Originally designed at a hackathon at UCLA, we we took the original design concept and built a robust platform to accept story submissions over the web, via text message, and through a mobile app. Using rapid development methodologies, we worked in sprints to define initial functionality, add-on features, and integrations with other social media sites. The final application provides a simple interface for administrators to review and edit stories, and publish them to the StoriesOfSolidarity.org site instantly.

    • UC Davis — 10/31/2015
    • storiesofsolidarity.org
    • Call Power
    • Open source tool to connect people to power with their phones, built with the sponsorship of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Hosting and campaign consulting available through Spacedog.xyz

    • EFF — 09/30/2015
    • callpower.org
    • HackTheRainforest
    • Indigenous Activists, Technologists and Civil Society Partners Convened to Address Environmental Challenges in the Amazon During a four day hackathon in the cloud forest of Peru, we met local programmers, environmental monitors and activists who are doing the hard work every day. Being immersed in the local context helped American technologists understand the system requirements, particularly offline capabilities, and user empathy for operating a smartphone application in the rainforest. We brainstormed user interfaces, peer-to-peer offline data-sync protocols, and simple technical tools to improve the reliability of the existing system.

    • Digital Democracy — 02/11/2015
    • www.hacktherainforest.org
    • KilledByCops
    • KilledByCops is a twitter feed and interactive map that chronicles and visualizes a humanizing, detailed, but far-from-complete perspective on the massive scale of police killings nationwide. And since fewer than 5% of law enforcement agencies in the country provide information on police killings, comprehensive data collection and a national conversation about police homicides in the United States is desperately needed.

    • ColorOfChange.org — 10/10/2014
    • killedbycops.org
    • LibyaVotes
    • I created data visualizations, analysis tools, and provided system support and documentation for SMS-based voter registration in Libya. Over one million citizens were registered in the first national election powered by SMS.

    • Reboot.org — 01/20/2014
    • data.libyavotes.ly
    • RootIO Radio
    • RootIO is an open platform for hyper-cheap local radio stations, combining the broadcast reach of radio with the network effects of the internet. It’s generously sponsored by the Knight Foundation, and led by Chris Csikszentmihalyi and Jude Mukundane. I helped design some of the technology architecture and development for a pilot project in Uganda.

    • RootIO — 11/15/2013
    • demo.rootio.org
    • CopWatch NYC
    • Help New Yorkers document and expose unprofessional police behavior and hold the police accountable. Includes user reports, video upload and embedding, and a flexible interface for community partners and resources.

    • ColorOfChange — 06/12/2013
    • www.copwatchnyc.org
    • TYMom
    • Thanking moms across America.

    • 18mr — 05/08/2013
    • www.tymom.org
    • Tax Evaders
    • Blast corporate tax evaders and make them pay their fair share!

    • Gan Golan — 04/10/2013
    • www.taxevaders.net
    • DemandProgress.org
    • Mobilizing the public to challenge entrenched power and promote freedom.

    • DemandProgress — 03/20/2013
    • www.demandprogress.org
    • Citizen Engagement Lab
    • Rebuilt the CEL website to reflect our new public brand. I led the project management, content acquisition and refinement processes.

    • CEL — 03/18/2013
    • www.engagementlab.org
    • Climate Parents
    • For anyone concerned about the climate our children are inheriting.

    • CEL Climate Project — 09/26/2012
    • www.climateparents.org
    • Climate Silence
    • Demonstrating the presidential candidates silence on the essential facts of climate change.

    • CEL Climate Project — 09/26/2012
    • www.climatesilence.org
    • Online Voter Registration
    • An updated voter registration tool for Rock the Vote. Registered hundreds of thousands of new voters at twice the speed of the previous tool.

    • RockTheVote — 09/25/2012
    • register2.rockthevote.com
    • Vote.ColorOfChange.org
    • Documenting voting suppression and restrictions, helping voters find their polling place, and making black history with every vote.

    • ColorOfChange — 07/24/2012
    • vote.colorofchange.org
    • ForecastTheFacts
    • Ensuring Americans are told the truth about Climate Change.

    • CEL Climate Project — 01/20/2012
    • www.forecastthefacts.org
    • Boycott Toolkit
    • The Boycott Toolkit is a platform for consumers to share information on the politics embedded in the products that they buy. Users can learn why specific products are targeted by a boycott, add their own research and share information with their friends. The site also lists the locations of stores that sell each product. The site is no longer available online.

    • Masters Thesis — 08/06/2010
    • www.levinger.net/josh/portfolio/Projects/BoycottToolkit
    • Ground Truth
    • A testbed for mapping the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory. Provides data on the checkpoints, the path of the wall, and the extent of settlements, graciously given by B'Tselem and Peace Now. Allows routing taking movement restrictions into account, search by settlement name, and the information on the construction status of the barrier. Site is no longer available online.

    • — 07/31/2009
    • https://github.com/jlev/groundtruth
    • Virtual Gaza
    • Collecting civilian testimonies during the January war in Gaza and its aftermath. Creating space where ordinary Palestinians under siege can describe their experiences in their own words, and where the destruction of the Gaza strip can be documented by those experiencing it directly. Virtual Gaza invites you to help break the information blockade. This site is no longer available online.

    • — 01/31/2009
    • www.levinger.net/josh/portfolio/Projects/VirtualGaza
    • GeoTracker
    • A device to track the position of the wearer, compare it against a predefined list of locales, and vibrate when within a certain radius. I wanted to explore the idea of space excluded to registered sex offenders as a result of their probation. How much of the city is off-limits when the wearer cannot venture within 1,000 feet of a park, school, playground, religious center, or retirement community? What is the cost in the civil liberties to offenders who have nominally paid their debt to society?

    • — 12/13/2008
    • www.levinger.net/josh/portfolio/Projects/GeoTracker
    • Freedom Flies
    • A peaceful Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for activists, journalists, and hobbyists. Open source hardware and software. Developed to track anti-immigrant vigilantes on the US-Mexico border near Arizona.

    • — 10/13/2005
    • www.levinger.net/josh/portfolio/Projects/FreedomFlies