“Hacktivist” Ricardo Dominguez, head of the Calit2’s b.a.n.g. (bits, atoms, neurons, genes) lab at UCSD, is exploring the ways accessible technologies can create new constituencies around otherwise intractable problem, dislodging institutional and political paralysis, and creating a great deal of controversy along the way. His Transborder Immigration Tool is a simple cell phone app that helps guide illegal immigrants to water stations placed in the desert between Mexico and Southern California, augmented reality as a tool for basic human survival and a lightning rod for political controversy:
More info on other projects by Dominguez, and a discussion on the controversies they have created here. Domiguez’ website has a number of his articles. CALIT2 supports a number of trans-disciplinary research initiatives that straddle technology, biology, nanotechnology, political agency.