anne lee steele
I’m a writer, researcher, and technologist based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Most of what I do aims to understand the people & processes behind our digital lives (think: open source software, extractive industries, and supply chains).
Currently, I’m an MA candidate and Research Assistant at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. I was recently a Reproducible Research Fellow at the Open Knowledge Foundation.
Before moving to Switzerland, I researched conservation in Bhutan, co-led student expeditions in Nepal, and coded data visualizations for a Washington DC think tank. As an undergraduate at Columbia University, I studied global cities and natural resource conflict. I also designed media for different organizations in New York City, and organized a technology-arts festival in New Zealand. While I grew up in the shadow of the oil industry in Texas, I was born in Chicago, and mostly raised in a big blue van.
When I’m not on a computer, I’m usually outside.
- the re:source project
- the atlas of extractive industries (coming soon)
- “endings, beginnings, and reflections” (open knowledge foundation frictionless fellows blog, 2021)
- “the ‘open’ movement and its discontents” (the graduate institute, 2020)
- “who writes the first draft of history?” (the graduate press, 2020)
talks + workshops
- “crisis maps, community, and corporations: an anthropologist’s perspective” (hot summit, 2021, slides)
- “mapathons: spaces of care and cartography” (grists, harvard sts 2021)
- “data visualization and crowdsourced research: experiments in collective storytelling” (csvconf, rightscon, 2021, slides)
- “the social life of (our) supply chains” (mozfest, 2021, slides)
- “i am not an artist” (portfolio zine, 2019)
- “supply chains are us” - (digital collages, 2021)