Friday (April 4) the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing group is hosting Jill Dimond from Georgia Tech.
Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 10:30am in 2255 North Quad
Technology for Social Justice
Sexism, racism, wealth disparities, and other oppressions are deeply entrenched systems of social inequality in the United States, as elsewhere in the world. Technology has frequently been heralded as an equalizer capable of solving or leveling these different oppressions. However, technology is neither a panacea nor plague; it is a tool with embedded values. As technologists and researchers, we are in privileged, unique positions that enable us to approach research and design of technologies with the explicit values of social change and social justice. In this talk, I will present different projects that illustrate a social justice approach towards designing and building technology. In particular, I will discuss my work with Hollaback, an international activist group working to stop street harassment. I will also explore different approaches toward work in this space including action research and worker-owned cooperatives.
Dr. Jill Dimond is a worker-owner of Sassafras Tech Collective, a worker-owned cooperative focused on building technologies for social change. Her research and design interests lie at the intersection of social computing, social justice, and human-computer interaction. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Centered Computing from Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. She has worked for Google and as an interaction designer. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, NPR, BBC, and the Washington Post among others.