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Matt Ratto is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. He is also the director of ThingTank (http://www.thingtank.ca), a non-profit lab space and research project examining and designing the Internet of Things. Ratto’s  current research focuses on how hands-on productive work – making – can supplement and extend critical reflection on the relations between digital technologies and society. This work builds upon the new possibilities offered by open source software and hardware, as well as the developing technologies of 3D printing and rapid prototyping. These technologies and the social collectives that create, use, and share them provide the context for exploring the relationship between ‘critical making’ and ‘critical thinking.’ 

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