The UNAM Civic Innovation Lab is a research laboratory at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) that studies real world problems involving citizens and governments, and then uses human centered design to create novel computational systems that address the problems to construct better societies. The lab's research team is conformed of professors, researchers, and students who collaborate on civic tech investigations involving the areas of gig work, political disinformation, and machine learning. Some of the labs collaborators involve Mexico's Minsitry of Foreign Affairs, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the National Democratic Institute

Faculty, Lecturers, and Visiting Scholars

Alfonso Noé Martínez

on Facebok.

Visiting Scholar. In his work he mixing tech and policy to innovate in Governments.

Saiph Savage

Co-Director UNAM Civic Innovation Lab. Her civic tech research invovles the areas of crowdsourcing and disinformation.

Norma Elva Chávez

Co-Director UNAM Civic Innovation Lab. Her work mixes robots and civic technology to create better societies.

Devin T. Stewart

Visiting Scholar. His research focuses on political and economic change in Asia. He is also a senior fellow for the Carnegie Council.

Rafael Morales

on Twitter.

Researcher and Lecturer. He researchs political disinformation and computational propaganda.

Daniel Valdez

on Facebook.

Researcher and Lecturer. He studies and creates civic media for social justice.

Graduate Student Researchers

Claudia Flores-Saviaga

PhD Candidate & Facebook Fellow. She researchs political disinformation and A.I. systems to combat it.

Carlos Toxtli

on Twitter.

PhD Candidate, Microsoft Research Intern, & Twitch Fellow. He designs A.I. civic tech tools for the future of gig work.

Anqi Cao


Visting Master Student. Global UX expert, focused on designing virtual assistants for governments.

XueYan (Sue) Chen

Visiting Master Student, using her background in psychology and education to create civic technology that is evidence-driven and intuitively learnable.

Antonio Aranda Eggermont

Visiting Master Student, mixing software and media art to design new civic media productions.

Patriya Wiesmann


Visiting Master Student, mixing her experience in voice recognition technologies and vehicle infotainment systems to design novel civic tech.

Mojin Yu

Visiting Master Student, with experience on educationand mixed reality for civic tech.

Stephanie Blucker

Visiting Master Student, focused on UX writing for government virtual assistants.

Kristy Milland

on Twitter.

Visiting Law Researcher. Her work focuses on transforming the future of gig work through policies and civic innovation.

Senior Researchers

Liliana Savage

on Twitter.

Senior UX Researcher. She combines human centered design and A.I. to design novel civic tech.

Alberto Garcia

on LinkedIn.

Senior Blockchain Researcher. His work focuses on developing Blockchain technology for identity. His work has been used by US law enforcement and local US governments.

Shazia Ansari


Senior Researcher in Human Centered Design and UX with a focus on Civic Technology- Expertise in Southeast Asia.

Undergraduate and High School Researchers

Saúl Esparza

on Github.

Undergraduate Researcher. He develops bot based civic technology that is used at scale by Governments in Latin America.

Caroline Anderson

on Twitter.

High School researcher. She is developing civic tech to empower gig workers.

Africa Rodriguez

on Linkedin.

Undergraduate researcher. She develops civic tech that integrates AI and robotics.

Andrea Gómez

on Twitter.

Undergraduate researcher. She develops civic tech that combines Distribuited Computing & Go!