Chris Ritzo

Senior Technologist, Open Technology Institute

Chris Ritzo is a senior technologist with the Open Technology Institute (OTI) at New America. Ritzo provides technical support, web development, information architecture, research, partner engagement, and project management to OTI for Measurement Lab and other initiatives. Ritzo holds Master's degrees in information science and communication from the University of Illinois. Broadly interested in technology’s impact on and use within communtities, Ritzo's work is grounded in experiences within the maker movement, community organizations, grassroots media, cooperatives, community access television, and indymedia. Ritzo's work examines the intersections of technology and public institutions, particularly libraries and schools. Ritzo is a proponent of open science and open source projects as a mentor and participant in the global Mozilla community. Prior to joining New America, Ritzo worked in teaching, training, and support roles in the higher education and K-12 sectors.

All Work

OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
An OTI Experiment: Open Source Surveillance Detection

OTI launched a technical effort at Washington D.C.'s March for Science in April 2017 to monitor and detect "Stingray" devices.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Measuring Broadband in Schools

Assessing network health is a critical challenge facing public schools as they plan for both today’s and tomorrow’s broadband needs.


EDUCATION POLICY and OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Measuring Broadband in Alexandria City Schools

In the majority of America’s schools, broadband connects students to learning opportunities that were previously unreachable.


Open Technology: Values, Compromises, and Ownership

Technologists talk about open technology's applications in everyday life.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Open Technology: Values, Compromises, and Ownership

Technology has impacted everything from how we understand and interact with the world around us to how we manage our own personal data.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Exploring Frameworks for Ethically Responsible and Scalable Network Interference Measurement

OTI fundamentally believes that everyone has the right to access an Internet that is open and secure. Over the last few years, however, the


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Getting Through The Block

Not everyone has the freedom to speak openly on the Internet. Many people turn to the use of tools that offer them hidden, protected, or obs


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
A Plumbing Problem for the Internet (and the Stock Market)

Cogent’s story became part of the net neutrality debate last winter, when a big plumbing problem afflicted the Internet. Thousands of Netfli


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Net-Neutrality Debate Splits Telecom Industry

Long-haul Internet carriers have been squabbling with other broadband providers for years over who should pay to carry data over the so-call


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
OTI wins prestigious partnership with the ABC* Foundation for Commotion mesh network technology