How do we describe, as Lillian Smith herself asked in Killers of the Dream, “trouble…so big that people turn away from its size, [their] imaginations closed tight against the hurt of others”? And how do we do it all while grounding our readers in the radical possibility of hope, reconciliation, and healing? Continue reading Lillian Smith Book Award address
An effort to create a code of ethics for data science was recently announced at the Data for Good Exchange. The stories I tell in Automating Inequality may offer some insight. Continue reading A Hippocratic Oath for Data Science
First lines often suck. A bad first line introduces the subject, but don’t suggest the stakes of the game. A bad first line begins the story, but doesn’t engage your senses or rouse your interest. A bad first line is like a host who invites you into the house, and then turns off the lights. … Continue reading First lines, First Days
I’ve been lucky to spend much of the spring and early summer touring in support of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age. It’s an especially exciting time to be thinking and talking about the relationship between technology and social justice. The questions asked by audiences from Concord, NH to New … Continue reading Liberation Technology Tour
One of the things that audience members at readings and events for Digital Dead End seem most eager to know is what they can do. If technology isn’t the solution to our social justice struggles, what is? The women in the YWCA of Troy-Cohoes community had amazing insights into the structural nature of high-tech inequality, … Continue reading The High-Tech Equity Agenda, Part 1…
My very bright grad student, Megan Rolfe, recently forwarded me a link to Kentaro Toyama’s provocative article, “Technology Is Not the Answer,” in the March issue of The Atlantic. I’m intrigued by his experience, and sympathetic to his point that technology serves as an amplifier of underlying values and social structures. In fact, I was … Continue reading If Technology Is Not the Answer, What Is?