Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age (MIT Press)

Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age (MIT Press)

Virginia Eubanks


The concept that expertise will pave the line to prosperity has been promoted via either increase and bust. this present day we're informed that common broadband entry, high-tech jobs, and state of the art technology will pull us out of our present fiscal downturn and flow us towards social and financial equality. In electronic useless End, Virginia Eubanks argues that to think this is often to have interaction in a type of magical considering: a technological utopia will take place just because we need it to. This imaginative and prescient of the surprising strength of high-tech improvement is pushed through incorrect assumptions approximately race, type, and gender. The realities of the data age are extra advanced, fairly for negative and working-class ladies and households. For them, details expertise should be either a device of liberation and a way of oppression.

But regardless of the inequities of the high-tech worldwide economic system, optimism and innovation flourished whilst Eubanks labored with a group of imaginitive ladies dwelling at her neighborhood YWCA. Eubanks describes a brand new method of making a generally inclusive and empowering "technology for people," popular technology, which involves moving the point of interest from educating technical ability to nurturing severe technological citizenship, construction assets for studying, and fostering social movement.

Important observe: The electronic version of this booklet is lacking many of the pictures present in the actual edition.

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