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Aishwarya vardhana

Senior UX Designer for Trust and Safety at The Wikimedia Foundation

I lead design for Trust and Safety at Wikipedia. I am currently designing Wikipedia's first harassment reporting system. We build tools that make Wikipedia a safer and more accessible place for its diverse volunteer community. My portfolio includes an AI-enabled dashboard, editing tools, tools for developers and multimedia experiences. I’m interested in systems thinking, misinformation, surveillance, and racial and gender equity. I write a newsletter on design, make art, mentor, and support low income rural youth in India.

Work experience

2021-current

Senior UX Designer at The Wikimedia Foundation

San Francisco, CA

2020-2021 

Design Researcher at Joe Biden for President

Portland, OR

2017-2020

Product Designer at Knowhere

San Francisco, CA

2016-2017

Co-founder at Verbatm

Palo Alto, CA

Projects

2022-current

Our long term goal is to build a system for users to safely and privately report harassment and abuse. Our short term goal is to build an MVP for a pilot wiki (i.e small wiki community) where a user can report a message, a comment, an account, or an edit summary with a certain level of anonymity (the level of anonymity is still being defined in collaboration with the community). The reporting UX should be intuitive, painless for the target of harassment, create a base level of trust between the user and the reporting system, and produce a harassment report with enough information to be helpful to the responder. ​Here is a Loom video of an early interactive prototype.

2021-2022

Wikifunctions

How do we build multilingual Wikipedia, where everyone can share in the sum of all knowledge, in any language? Wikifunctions is a collaborative platform for devs and non-devs to write code. It is a stepping stone towards Abstract Wikipedia, a language-independent database of all of Wikipedia's knowledge.

2021

- A resource for Wikipedia's power editors, The Wikipedia Library grants free access to paywalled content such as research papers and journals. 
- 2000 monthly users.
- With the homepage design refresh we increased login rate by 40%.

2017-2020

Designed Ida (named after Ida B. Wells), Knowhere's AI-enabled CMS which allowed the editorial team to collect and corroborate data needed to write articles, detect bias in the data, collaborate, and deliver high quality journalism. 

2017-2020

Designed our daily newsletter (desktop and mobile friendly) which delivered the day's top news to over 500K readers across the United States.

2017-2020

Designed the Knowhere reading experience on web, where readers could read articles, verify sources, and leave comments.

2016-2017

A native iOS app which allowed users to create and engage with rich multimedia content, find other likeminded users, exchange critical information, and elevate causes they cared about.

Writing

2022-current

My newsletter where I write about socio-technical problems from a design perspective.

2022-current

I write a column called "Rise" for the literary magazine "The Wild Word" where I explore feminism, social movements, privacy, and surveillance.

2022

2022

2021-current

A cyclical space where I steadily nurture ideas.

Side projects

2022-current

My art collective.

2020

2020

Organizer for Votella 2020

2020

Studied abolitionism at the Yellowhead Institute

2020-current

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