Ting Zhang is a data engineer with five years of experience working in media. Most recently at BuzzFeed, they led the redesign of machine learning model training infrastructure and worked with a team to spec and build a content recommendation pipeline.
With a degree in Anthropology from Columbia University, Ting is interested in the material impact of technology. Motivated by José Muñoz’s theory of queer futurity, they believe in the concrete possibility of other worlds that queerness as an ideality helps to illuminate. They see the Local News Lab as a timely experiment in using tech to distribute power, rather than further centralize it in an ever-smaller number of hands.
Outside of work, Ting is a tech mentor for justice-involved individuals, an avid reader, and an occasional poet.