Greta Byrum

Field Analyst, New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative

Greta Byrum
Greta Byrum ( is a poet, an urban planner, and a Field Analyst for the Open Technology Initiative at the New America Foundation, where she works on telecommunications policy and collaborative technology design strategies. She is currently working with groups in Philadelphia and Detroit to build community-owned mesh wireless networks as well as digital literacy and entrepreneurship support. Most recently she has spoken about community mesh networks and the digital divide at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. As a co-founder of curatorial team dBfoundation ( and Nobody Books (, Greta has created and curated exhibitions, sound designs, and transmissions in museums, galleries, and theaters in NY, LA, DC, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Cairo, and Dallas. She holds an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and an MA in Literature from Johns Hopkins.


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