Jess Reia is a free culture activist, working on public interest advocacy and research that addresses power relations between technologies, people, and spaces. Reia was most recently an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Researcher at McGill University and the 2020-2021 BMO Fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montréal (CIRM), where they worked on a project titled “Data Governance for the 24-Hour City: Strengthening open data, digital rights, and public interest advocacy for the urban night.”
Reia was also a Lecturer and Project Manager at the Center for Technology and Society at FGV Law School (CTS-FGV) from 2011 to 2019, studying the impacts of digitization and datafication on society from a critical, public interest approach.
Their main areas of research include science and technology studies, critical data studies, intellectual property, urban governance, and night studies. Reia is also currently an AI4HealthyCities Fellow at NewCities and a member of the Conseil de Nuit de MTL 24/24 in Montreal, Canada.
Reia holds a PH.D. and an M.A. in Communication Studies from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and a B.A. in Public Policy from the University of São Paulo (USP).
PH.D., Communication Studies, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
M.A., Communication Studies, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
B.A., Public Policy, Universidade de São Paulo
Reia, J., Fergus Cruz, L. (2021). Seeing through the smart city narrative: data governance, power relations, and regulatory challenges in Brazil. In B. Haggart, N. Tusikov & J. A. Scholte. (Eds.). Contested Power and Authority in Internet Governance: Return of the State?. Abingdon/UK and New York/US: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003008309-14.
Reia, J. & Belli, L. (2021). Smart Cities no Brasil: Regulação, tecnologia e direitos. [“Smart Cities in Brazil: Regulation, Technology and Rights”]. Belo Horizonte: Editora Letramento. https://doi.org/10.18130/p1me-mf66.
Reia, J., Francisco, P., & Castanheira, B., Mizukami, P. (2021). Da fotocopiadora à nuvem: Acesso ao conhecimento, pirataria e educação [“From the Copy Shop to the Cloud: Access to Knowledge, Piracy, and Education”]. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Azougue. https://doi.org/10.18130/fy87-ce80.
Reia, J., Francisco, P., & Castanheira, B., Mizukami, P. (2021). Da televisão ao Youtube: Influenciadores, audiência e normas [“From Television to YouTube: Influencers, Audience, and Norms”]. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Azougue. https://doi.org/10.18130/p1dv-dk85.
Reia, J., Brandusescu, A. (2021). A Starting Point: Transversal Questions and Recommendations for Montreal's Digital Data Charter. Response to the City of Montreal's public consultation on Montreal's Digital Data Charter. The Urbanologist, CRIEM/CIRM. Available in English at: https://mcgill.ca/x/oS3. Available in French at: https://mcgill.ca/x/oSJ.
Mizukami, P., & Reia, J. (2018). Brazil: The Copy Shop and the Cloud. In J. Karaganis (Ed.). Shadow Libraries: Access to Educational Material in Global Higher Education (pp. 223-271). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/shadow-libraries
Belli, L., Barros, M., & Reia, J. (2018). Les enjeux de l’encadrement et de la gouvernance de l’ouverture des données publiques au Brésil. [“Framework questions and open data governance in Brazil”] Révue Française d’Administration Publique, v. 167, p. 585-600. https://doi.org/10.3917/rfap.167.0585
Reia, J. (2014). Napster and Beyond: How Online Music Can Transform the Dynamics of Musical Production and Consumption in DIY Subcultures. First Monday, 19(10). http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/fm.v19i10.5552