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Social Justice in the Digital Economy: Summer Webinar Series
June 7 @ 6:00 pm - June 10 @ 7:30 pm BST
What do we understand social justice to be in the fast-changing world of adjusting to and developing digital technology? What can we learn about changing values of/for social justice by considering four different areas of the digital economy? Join us for one or more of our week of events to discuss this critical topic.
Monday 7th June // 6pm – 7:30pm BST
The Evolution of Social Justice in the age of Networks and Machine Learning
Join us this evening where world-leading researchers and academics in Design, HCI and Human Rights help us explore the ‘life’ of data; how thinking about AI as relational infrastructures changes the ethical questions and concerns we work with; and how Big Tech and AI affect human rights.
- Prof Irina Shklovski, IT University of Copenhagen – AI as Relational Infrastructure
- Dr Michael Muller, Research and Master Inventor, IBM – Interrogating the Machine Learning Pipeline from Within
- Prof Lorna McGregor, Human Rights Centre, Essex University – Human Rights Implications of New and Emerging Technologies
Chair: Prof Ann Light, Sussex University
Tuesday 8th June // 6pm – 7:30pm BST
Equitable Digital Economies
Current neoliberal economic models driving much digital innovation are exploitative and contribute to the reproduction and widening of inequalities. Can design help forge equitable economic models and reshape current value-systems? How? Join us and hear a stellar panel of speakers and practitioners from different corners of the world share their experiences of imagining and working towards more equitable digital economies. From community-based grassroots organizations in Detroit fighting for economic justice; to European commoning practices that question capitalism; to how the Covid-19 pandemic has further exacerbated unfair working conditions for platform workers in the South Africa; and creative practices that explore decentralized technologies, speakers will expose the challenges and tensions of realising such visions.
- Dr Tawanna Dillahunt, University of Michigan’s School of Information (UMSI) -Eliciting alternative economies using speculative co-design
- Dr Pitso Tsibolane, University of Cape Town – “It feels like slavery all over again!” Critical Perspectives on Digital Gig Labour in the Global South
- Ruth Catlow, Furtherfield – The role of art and culture in critical engagement with alternative economies and decentralised technologies
- Prof Ann Light, Sussex University/Malmo University – Transformative Economies and Relational Assets
- Dr Maurizio Teli, Aalborg University – A few thoughts on commoning, participatory design, and going beyond capital
Chair: Prof Lizzie Coles- Kemp, Royal Holloway University of London
Wednesday 9th // 6pm – 7:30pm BST
Making Data Work for Social Justice
Not all data is made equal. As data is increasingly mobilized in the service of governments and corporations, their unequal effects on both individuals and groups become increasingly difficult for data scientists. We ask data science by whom? Data science for whom? Data science with whose interests in mind?
Join us this evening and hear from Catherine D’Ignazio (MIT) who will help us consider how feminist thinking can be operationalized to enact more just data practices.
- Dr Catherine D’Ignazio, MIT, Data Feminism
Chair: Dr Clara Crivellaro, Newcastle University
Thursday 10th // 6pm – 7:30pm BST
Stories from our socially just, digital futures
Imagination and storytelling are the basis of all social transformations and social movements. They help us visualise, enact and share the kind of futures we wish to shape up together. What stories and what futures do we need to imagine now more than ever? Join us our last webinar in the series where our keynote speaker, Carl Di Salvo (Georgia Tech) describes the power of experimentation as a means of cultivating and sustaining imagination. He will be joined by director and playwright Sarah Naomi Lee, thinking playfully about academic ideas using cartoon illustration and Sci-Fi writer Al Robertson, reading a sci-fi story written to reflect thoughts and conversations heard during Not-Equal Summer webinars events.
- Dr Carl Di Salvo, Georgia Institute of Technology – Experimentation and Imagination
- Sarah Naomi Lee, Plenty Productions – What can the multifarious expressions of sheep (MEOS) tell us about social justice in the digital economy?
- Al Robertson, Fiction Writer – Turning the Not-Equal Summer events into fiction
Chair: Prof Alan Dix, Swansea University