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Can Technology Serve Social Justice?
Date: 10 July 2013 Time: 16.30-18-30
Venue: Lecture Theatre 2, Management School, Lancaster University
Public Lecture to be given by the leading scholar and activist Virginia Eubanks. Virginia Eubanks is Associate Professor, Women's Studies, University at Albany, State University of New York.
Despite widespread celebrations of Twitter Revolutions and social media activism, the relationship between new technology and the social justice goals of peace, freedom, equality and dignity for all people is deeply contradictory. In this talk, scholar-activist Virginia Eubanks will reflect on fifteen years of efforts with three grassroots organizations - Our Knowledge, Our Power: Surviving Welfare; the Popular Technology Workshops; and Women at the YWCA Making Social Movement - to make technology serve the needs of oppressed and exploited people in the United States.
Virginia is also the author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age, and the co-founder of a number of grassroots community organizations focused on making technology serve social and economic justice. She teaches in the Department of Women's Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. In past lives, she edited the cyber-feminist 'zine Brillo and was active in the community technology center movements in the San Francisco Bay Area and Troy, NY.
Please note: spaces are limited for this event and booking do need to be made, contact Jo Dickinson.
Who can attend: Anyone
Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education, Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning, Educational Research
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