Techno-Haves and Have-Nots

Technological power is political power in the modern world.  Yet many activists, humanists, artists, and disenfranchised social groups not only don’t wield technological power, they feel alienated from it.  What can we do—as academics, researchers, and citizens—to close this gap?

I’d like to have a discussion regarding our concerns about social/political disenfranchisement and its relationship with deep technological/empirical ability, and to work as a group to develop strategies for outreach and education that bring more diverse voices into the technological discourse. Success stories are welcome; bring your teaching tools, URLs, and syllabi!

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About Jadrian

I'm a computer science PhD student at Brown, an artist, an educator, and a proselytizer for mathematical literacy. In Spring 2013, I'm teaching an undergrad course in the CS department called "Intro to Computation for the Humanities and Social Sciences". More fundamentally, I believe that comfort and confidence in analytical thinking are essential for active citizenship and political empowerment, whether you're a scientist, a humanities researcher, an activist, a journalist, or just a person who wants to participate in the world. I think our education system alienates students from creativity and engagement, in math as in almost all other realms of inquiry, and it drives me nuts. I love interacting with passionate people of all backgrounds, and I think cross-pollination of the things that make us tick can only result in opportunities to improve ourselves and our world.

3 Responses to Techno-Haves and Have-Nots

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  2. Sounds interesting.

  3. Julie Swierczek says:

    I’m also interested in this.

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