By Virginia Eubanks
The concept that know-how will pave the line to prosperity has been promoted via either increase and bust. this present day we're instructed that common broadband entry, high-tech jobs, and state of the art technological know-how will pull us out of our present financial downturn and movement us towards social and financial equality. In electronic lifeless finish, Virginia Eubanks argues that to think this is often to interact in one of those magical pondering: a technological utopia will take place just because we need it to. This imaginative and prescient of the impressive strength of high-tech improvement is pushed via unsuitable assumptions approximately race, type, and gender. The realities of the knowledge age are extra complex, fairly for negative and working-class girls and households. For them, details know-how will be either a device of liberation and a way of oppression.
But regardless of the inequities of the high-tech international economic climate, optimism and innovation flourished while Eubanks labored with a neighborhood of imaginative girls residing at her neighborhood YWCA. Eubanks describes a brand new method of making a commonly inclusive and empowering "technology for people," renowned know-how, which involves moving the focal point from instructing technical ability to nurturing serious technological citizenship, development assets for studying, and fostering social circulation.
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Additional resources for Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age
The assumption that poor and working-class people lack access to technology, broadly generalized, has led to policy and community organizing approaches that are practically misguided. In solely redistributive schemes, marginalized communities—and the people who live in them—are seen only as products of lack and destitution, not as vast reservoirs of assets, resources, networks, expertise, strength, hope, passion, and innovation. The assumption of community deﬁcit blinds many policymakers and community organizers to the real world of IT, to the true relationship between technology and poverty, and to the hope for high-tech equity.
10 Low-paid, exploitative and contingent work by women all over the world holds up the pipeline for a few of their privileged sisters. Studies focusing on women’s involvement in the design and use of IT tools, the high-tech workforce, e-governance, e-commerce and business networks, or as consumers of information are important, but most ignore and marginalize intragroup differences. 11 Intersectional approaches make hightech equity issues visible that single-issue, “women and technology” analyses obscure: the superexploited labor that provides the scaffolding for “friction-free” capitalism, the high-tech state surveillance that creates manageable citizen-subjects for neoliberalism, and myriad forms of resistance surrounding, and mediated through, IT.
Technology is just a little part of it . . ” Technology for people would be different from universal access to existing computer systems, she argued. It would mix systems “designed by women, for everybody” with educational programs combining functional goals such as ﬁnding housing with technology skills training such as Web searching in order to increase people’s well-being ﬁnancially, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. She joined WYMSM primarily to have opportunities to brainstorm about building such systems.
Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age by Virginia Eubanks