Rubez Chong Lu Ming

Civic Media
  • Research Assistant

Rubez is a graduate researcher at the MIT Media Lab, Center for Civic Media. Her work sits at the intersection of civic technology, ux design, and design ethnography. She is currently working on developing subversive experiences and interventions to audio-based surveillance technologies.

Prior to joining the MIT Media Lab, she worked in the fields of ux design, design and tech consulting, and international development. Her ethnographic work has brought her across the globe; Singapore - Norway - United States - Chile - Israel.

Rubez believes that design is the art of creative problem-solving. She aims to use design and ethnography to deploy technologies that promise a more meaningfully connected world, build products that remind us of our humanity and creativity, and create immersive experiences that challenge us to expand our moral universe – to be kind, empathetic, and compassionate.



Rubez is a graduate researcher at the MIT Media Lab, Center for Civic Media. Her work sits at the intersection of civic technology, ux design, and design ethnography. She is currently working on developing subversive experiences and interventions to audio-based surveillance technologies.

Prior to joining the MIT Media Lab, she worked in the fields of ux design, design and tech consulting, and international development. Her ethnographic work has brought her across the globe; Singapore - Norway - United States - Chile - Israel.

Rubez believes that design is the art of creative problem-solving. She aims to use design and ethnography to deploy technologies that promise a more meaningfully connected world, build products that remind us of our humanity and creativity, and create immersive experiences that challenge us to expand our moral universe – to be kind, empathetic, and compassionate.