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Chand Rajendra-Nicolucci

Research Fellow, Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure, UMass Amherst

Chand Rajendra-Nicolucci is a research fellow and director of product at the Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure (iDPI), a new research center based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The initiative connects the School for Public Policy, the Department of Communication, and the College of Information and Computer Sciences. iDPI studies the civic and social role of internet platforms, and advocates for approaches to digital infrastructures that treat platforms and supporting technologies as public spaces and public goods, not purely as profit-making ventures.

Rajendra-Nicolucci was previously a research fellow with the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. He graduated with a B.S.E. in computer science from the University of Michigan.


  • –present
    Director of Product, Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure, UMass Amherst