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

When Jun 14, 2011
from 06:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street, NW in Washington, DC
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Digital Dead End:Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age
What: Book Signing and Discussion
When: Tuesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. E.T.
Where: Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street, NW
in Washing
ton, DC

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As part of a cross-country book tour, on June 14, author Virginia Eubanks will be appearing at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC. In 2001, Virginia Eubanks and several dozen collaborators created a technology-training program for women in the YWCA of Troy-Cohoes community. This program challenged Eubanks' conceptions of the digital divide and her experience over the next four years revolutionized her thinking about access -- or lack of access-to technology.

In Digital Dead End (MIT Press / March 2011 / $27.95), Eubanks argues that information technology is not a miraculous cure-all that will pave the road to prosperity, democracy and equality. Rather than being technology "have-nots," Eubanks found that her collaborators at the YWCA had extensive interaction with IT, but they often experienced it as a tool of surveillance and oppression rather than a tool of economic and political liberation.

Despite the inequities they uncovered in the high-tech global economy, optimism and innovation flourished when Eubanks and the women in the YWCA community collaborated to make technology serve social justice.

Digital Dead End
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.

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The Institute for Women's Policy Research, Teaching for Change, and DC Jobs with Justice are co-sponsoring this event.

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