Initiatives

Social Software

UCLA Social Software examines the social impacts and possibilities of making with software. We consider "software" in an expanded sense, considering all the ways that we are programmed by technology around us. We work with collaborators to respond to the power dynamics, inequities, and biases embedded in the systems that shape our lives. How do we understand the personal and relational within them?

Current focus areas include accessible technology, open source communities, AI, data, and generative systems. Explorations result in different forms, including software, installations, performances, films, events, text, and publications. Social Software is led by Lauren Lee McCarthy and Casey Reas.