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

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    Virginia Eubanks is the cofounder of Our Knowledge, Our Power (OKOP), a grassroots anti-poverty and welfare rights organization, and teaches in the Department of Women's Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. She edited the cyberfeminist 'zine Brillo and was active in the community technology center movements in the San Francisco Bay Area and Troy, NY.

    The idea that technology will pave the road to prosperity has been promoted through both boom and bust. Today we are told that universal broadband access, high-tech jobs, and cutting-edge science will pull us out of our current economic downturn and move us toward social and economic equality. In Digital Dead End, Virginia Eubanks argues that to believe this is to engage in a kind of magical thinking: a technological utopia will come about simply because we want it to. This vision of the miraculous power of high-tech development is driven by flawed assumptions about race, class, and gender. The realities of the information age are more complicated, particularly for poor and working-class women and families. For them, information technology can be both a tool of liberation and a means of oppression.

    But despite the inequities of the high-tech global economy, optimism and innovation flourished when Eubanks worked with a community of resourceful women living at her local YWCA. Eubanks describes a new approach to creating a broadly inclusive and empowering "technology for people," popular technology, which entails shifting the focus from teaching technical skill to nurturing critical technological citizenship, building resources for learning, and fostering social movement.

    Important Notice: The digital edition of this book is missing some of the images found in the physical edition.

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    ISBN 9780262518130
    Genre TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Social Aspects
    Format Paperback
    Pages 266
    Publisher Date 2012-09-14 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Mit Pr
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 9.0 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.88 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Eubanks, Virginia
    Country of Origin United States

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