Jessica Ramos is a doctoral student at USC Annenberg. Jessica is an aspiring future researcher from Oakland, California who wants her work to be centered in uplifting community experiences. She is interested in researching surveillance technologies, their impact on racialized communities, and community organization/activism. She seeks to empower future academics in the fields of sociology, science and technology studies, and media studies - working towards demanding accountability and resistance from data driven technologies. Jessica earned a BA in Sociology and Media Studies with a minor in Ethics Studies from The University of California Berkeley. Jessica completed a senior honors thesis, “Out of the Shadows: A Case Study on Oakland, California Resistance Against Technologies.” Through a case study of Oakland, California, her research examined the local resistance against big data technologies. Her research findings illustrate the need for an alliance between ambassadors and creators of innovations and technologies alongside policy makers and local governments in order to achieve trust and transparency.