Monday, January 30, 2017

January 31: Not Bugs, But Features: Hopeful Institutions and Technologies of Inequality

Dan Greene, a postdoc researcher at Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research New England, did three years of fieldwork in DC, interviewing librarians and people experiencing homelessness who spent time in DCPL branches.   Greene was interested in the question of "how poverty comes to be understood as a 'digital divide' and how that framework changes the nature and purpose of public institutions in an era of skyrocketing inequality."

Green is morphing his dissertation into a book.   Here's what he writes about the book:

The Promise of Access: Hope and Inequality in the Information Economy
In 2013, a series of posters began appearing in Washington, DC's Metro system. Each declared 'The internet: Your future depends on it' next to a photo of a middle-aged black Washingtonian, and an advertisement for the municipal government's digital training resources. This hopeful discourse is familiar but where exactly does it come from? And how and why are our public institutions reorganized to approach the problem of poverty as a problem of technology?

Learn more about "poverty as a problem of technology" Tuesday, January 31 at Noon at the Berkman Klein Luncheon Series event Not Bugs, But Features: Hopeful Institutions and Technologies of Inequality.   The event is being live streamed.

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