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Announcing the #PDF14 Tumblr Fellows!

BY Sonia Roubini | Friday, May 16 2014

We at PDF are happy to announce our 2014 batch of Tumblr fellows. For the past few years, PDF has teamed up with Tumblr to offer registration fellowships to ten of the brightest and most qualified minds working to creatively tackle issues at the intersection of technology and politics. The 2014 Tumblr fellows are innovators, creators, writers, students, and all around exciting people, and we’re pleased that they’ll be joining us at #PDF14.

Luis Daniel, Jr. Research Scientist at NYU, Research Fellow at the GovLab

Luis is a recent graduate of NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program and a current research fellow at The Governance Lab at NYU Wagner School of Public Policy. He is working on, a project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and conducted by the GovLab,which is the first comprehensive study of U.S. companies that use open government data to generate new business and develop new products and services.

Keya Dannenbaum, Versa

Keya is currently working on Versa, the only technology-driven platform that gives leading organizations, executives, thought leaders and advocates the ability to attach commentary directly to a developing news story, generating premium revenue for publishers and giving readers access to high-quality opinion alongside the news in real time. She is also founded ElectNext (, which was an "eHarmony for elections," that solved the Election Day information problem: a three page long ballot filled with unknown people and offices.

Erin Mazursky, Co-Founder and President of

Erin is the co-founder and president of, a new venture that is creating new ways for people and communities to build collective power to create more participatory democracies around the world. She also co-founded and ultimately led STAND, a genocide prevention organization advocating against genocide in Darfur that grew to over 800 colleges and high schools on five continents. She has been organizing and building communities ever since from Orlando, Florida, where she helped create a still active political community during Obama’s ‘08 presidential bid to working with youth movements around the world—Albania, India, Turkey, etc—to now working with and building a network of activists and a global community of support around them.

Mat Morgan, Founder of ShoutAbout, Inc.

Mat is the founder of ShoutAbout, a news platform that aims to turn people into active, not just passive, news consumers. ShoutAbout connects users with relevant nonprofits immediately beneath online articles and helps them further educate or mobilize you towards actions like volunteering, donating, and advocating. Mat is the former communicator for American Red Cross international services and created the American Red Cross youth website in 2007.

Deji Bryce Olukotun, Fellow at the PEN American Center

Deji is the Ford Foundation Freedom to Write Fellow at PEN American Center. He founded PEN’s worldwide digital freedom program, and works with writers in writers in Myanmar, Haiti, and South Africa. He also founded PEN's global digital freedom program and created the PEN Declaration on Digital Freedom. He contributed to a report "The Rise of Digital Repression", which charts the growth of persecution of writers worldwide for their use of digital technologies.

Dave Seliger, Communications manager for NYC Housing Recovery and Co-founder of Civic Service at Parsons.

Dave co-founded Civic Service with the Parsons Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability Lab at The New School. The project is a framework for service innovation that includes programs to inspire, train, and empower civil servants to create better public service outcomes and experiences for their constituents.

Serena Wales, Co-founder and CTO at Textizen

Serena Wales is the co-founder/CTO of Textizen, a web platform that empowers communities to engage with their residents using widely accessible technology such as text messages. She previously worked on a crowdsourced site, produced in conjunction with Access and EFF, to educate users about HTTPS and present a potentially complicated but incredibly important technical subject in a way that’s understandable to everyone.

Ben Valentine, Strategist for The Civic Beat

Ben is a media theorist, writer, and strategist for The Civic Beat. He’s spoken at SXSW, an written for Salon, the ACLU of Northern California and more. He also co-curated The Tumblr Art Symposium with Hrag Vartania, founder of the arts and Culture Blog Hyerallergic

Tracy Viselli, Media Stategist the Brookings Institute

Tracy an online media strategist, blogger, political activist, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Nevada Interactive Media and Summit. She also provides online media strategy consulting services to individuals, companies, and advocacy groups. In 2010, Tracy launched ACTion Alexandria, an online civic engagement platform to create a grassroots movement to support local nonprofits in Alexandria, Virginia.

Patricia Rodriguez Zablah, Student at NYU’s ITP Program

Patricia is a student at NYU’s ITP program. Her current thesis is called, a workshop mentoring program focused on teaching media literacy to teenage girls. The girls combat sexist media by creating their own, new media that “hacks it back” and portrays more accurate representations of women. Patricia will continue the project this summer, as a fellowship program.