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Automation, Algorithms, and Bias, from Settler Colonialism through the Future of Auditing: Computational Histories, Critical Infrastructure Studies

On April 16, 2021, the Digital Scholarship Studio & Network (DSSN) hosted a symposium exploring automation, algorithms, and bias. The speakers were Sarah Montoya, Cathy O’Neil, and Ewa Plonowska Ziarek
Last Updated: Apr 17, 2024 11:42 AM

Suggested readings from Sarah Montoya




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Inventing the Internet

Janet Abbate recounts the key players and technologies that allowed the Internet to develop; but her main focus is always on the social and cultural factors that influenced the Internet's design and use.

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Network sovereignty: building the Internet across Indian Country

The histories of information and communication technologies (ICTs) are intertwined with U.S. histories of colonization, and the sovereignty and self-determination of Native peoples. This book examines case studies of tribal governments building out broadband infrastructures to reveal how the processes of network design and deployment embed these information and communication infrastructures within the ongoing exercise of tribal sovereignty in the U.S.

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New Media

The rapid growth of new media technologies is radically changing film production and consumption. 'New Media' responds to these revolutionary developments to address topics such as computer games, digital animation techniques, media convergence, and internet audiences.

See specifically: Gillespie, Tarleton. “The Stories Digital Tools Tell.” 

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Debates in the Digital Humanities

Debates in the Digital Humanities brings together leading figures in the field to explore its theories, methods, and practices and to clarify its multiple possibilities and tensions. From defining what a digital humanist is and determining whether the field has (or needs) theoretical grounding, to discussions of coding as scholarship and trends in data-driven research, this cutting-edge volume delineates the current state of the digital humanities and envisions potential futures and challenges.

See specifically: McPherson, Tara. "Why Are the Digital Humanities So White? or Thinking the Histories of Race and Computation."

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Algorithms of Oppression

A revealing look at how negative biases against women of color are embedded in search engine results and algorithms.

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Down to Earth

Down to Earth presents the first comprehensive overview of the geopolitical maneuvers, financial investments, technological innovations, and ideological struggles that take place behind the scenes of the satellite industry.

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Digital Capitalism

The networks that comprise cyberspace were originally created at the behest of government agencies, military contractors and allied educational institutions. However, recently a growing number of these networks began to serve primarily corporate users. Under the sway of an expansionary market logic, the Internet began a political-economic transition toward what Dan Schiller calls digital capitalism.

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Wired into Nature

The completion of the Transcontinental Telegraph in 1861 completed telegraphy's mile-by-mile trek across the West. In addition to linking the coasts, the telegraph represented an extraordinary American effort in many fields of endeavor to know, act upon, and control a continent. Merging new research with bold reinterpretation, James Schwoch details the unexplored dimensions of the frontier telegraph and its impact.

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Who Controls the Internet?

Is the Internet erasing national borders? Will the future of the Net be set by Internet engineers, rogue programmers, the United Nations, or powerful countries? Who's really in control of what's happening on the Net? In this provocative new book, Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu tell the fascinating story of the Internet's challenge to governmental rule in the 1990s, and the ensuing battles with governments around the world. 

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In Cryopolitics, experts from anthropology, history of science, environmental humanities, and indigenous studies make clear the political and cultural consequences of extending life and deferring death by technoscientific means. 

See specifically: TallBear, Kim. "Beyond the Life/Not Life Binary: A Feminist-Indigenous Reading of 
Cryopreservation, Interspecies Thinking and the New Materialisms." 

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Signal Traffic

The contributors to Signal Traffic investigate how the material artifacts of media infrastructure--transoceanic cables, mobile telephone towers, Internet data centers, and the like--intersect with everyday life.