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Hi, everyone! I'm a PhD student in bioengineering, and I love designing and building hardware+software tools. For my thesis, I'm studying challenges and strategies for open-source medical devices for global health equity: how might platforms and communities be built to support cooperative production of medical devices appropriate for local contexts, all the way from invention to implementation?

Writing letters of recommendation for people is a strange and new experience: on one hand I haven't emotionally understood that I might be qualified to evaluate people or act as a research mentor/supervisor, but on the other hand it's nice to talk about all the ways they're great

(3/3) Social justice-oriented development of infrastructure+capacity and wealth redistribution are also needed to make globally just provision of medical care (and the technologies needed for it) possible; this exceeds historical visions/definitions for FOSS. Maybe approaching open-source from the ethical grounds of global health justice can help preempt a tendency towards what Andrew Ross described about the software world as "voices proclaiming freedom in every direction, but justice in none"?

(2/) I like that starting from global health justice requires judging/building "open-source" as a political project through material questions about who has access to technologies needed for health, who has resources for developing & implementing technologies to meet local needs, and what political economy maintains the hoarding of those things. Yes, individual freedoms are necessary, and open-source has advantages as a means of production. But they're nowhere near sufficient for health justice.

covid, vaccines, and patents 

(1/) Here's reporting in The Lancet about an ongoing dispute in the World Trade Organization between low- & middle-income countries vs. high-income countries over COVID-19-related patents and access to COVID-19 vaccines. This is a fight about the global IP regime, but the groups & countries challenging it are also making a deeper argument about ownership and power over the production and distribution of things needed for health: thelancet.com/journals/lancet/


Hi, everyone! I'm a PhD student in bioengineering, and I love designing and building hardware+software tools. For my thesis, I'm studying challenges and strategies for open-source medical devices for global health equity: how might platforms and communities be built to support cooperative production of medical devices appropriate for local contexts, all the way from invention to implementation?

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