Innocent Ndubuisi-Obi Jr.
Innocent is a Research Associate with MIT GOV/LAB. He is interested in urban-rural information architectures related to governing, social computation, and trust. His current work focuses on the development of alternative social technologies to support decentralized and community-based hybrid on-offline communication infrastructures. Prior to MIT, Innocent worked with WhereIsMyTransport in exploring new approaches to informal transit applications. Innocent’s graduate work focused on the design of distributed, citizen-sensing technologies and applied natural language processing in the context of Sub-saharan Africa. At Georgetown, his work at the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation focused on impact investing, innovative financing, and government innovation. He earned his BS in International Political Economy from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and his MS in Information Science with a specialization in Computational Social Science from the University of Michigan.
Update July 2021
Pandemics, Policy, and Privacy: A New Guide on Using Data During Crises
MIT’s Governance and Civic Data Design Labs published a technical guide on how to use people’s movements to answer policy questions during crises while keeping people’s data anonymous and private.
Update June 2021
[Stack Overflow Podcast] Don’t Build It – Advice on Civic Tech
Ben Popper at Stack Overflow chatted with Innocent Ndubuisi-Obi and Luke Jordan about the unique challenges you face when trying to solve civic problems with software.
Update May 2021
Were Lockdowns Effective in Sierra Leone? Mobility Data Shows Compliance
Collaborating with government and telecom partners in Sierra Leone, we used call detail records (CDRs) to see if lockdown policies were effective in restricting movement during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Research December 2020
A new initiative combining evidence and methods from design and social science to co-develop governance solutions with practitioner partners.
Update November 2020
EdX Case Study: From Data to Covid-19 Policy in Sierra Leone
A new online EdX course focusing on cities and Covid-19 features a case study on our research collaboration in Sierra Leone.