Platforms & Infrastructure

In recent years, increasing proportions of our social lives—from social media to education to gaming platforms—have been conducted online. The Covid-19 pandemic has only accelerated this shift, as remote work and remote learning became the new normal for many. As we are thrust into ever more digitally mediated social milieux, the nature and design of the platforms and infrastructures that facilitate or constrain these experiences take on increasingly salient social and political importance.

 

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  • Hacking, Computing Expertise, and Difference

    Hector Beltran presents the phenomena of hacking and the hackathon. It also addresses issues of access and equity in how racialized, gendered, classed, or other marginalized social groups can undertake hacking or how they are treated within hacking spaces.

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    Toward People’s Community Control of Technology: Race, Access, and Education

    In this review of research on “the digital divide,” Roderic Crooks argues that access to computing in education or in any other domain can only meaningfully contribute to equality when minoritized and racialized communities are allowed to pursue their own collective technological goals.

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