E-Waste, Innovation, and Inclusivity

DTC 101

The Digital Technology & Culture program added a new 200-level course this year. It’s called Digital Inclusion and will serve as a counterpart to the program’s 400-level course Digital Diversity, which is organized around various digital divides. Digital Diversity begins with the standard socio-economic concept of a digital divide that separates the “haves” from the “have nots” of digital society, then expands it to make sense of digital divides organized around sexual, racial, and political differences. The course shows how contemporary digital culture falls far short of the ideal of a global village, given that virtual spaces are as segregated and hierarchical as the cities where we live. Digital Inclusion, by contrast, starts at the foundation by asking students to consider what it means to be part of the global village promised by digital technologies. How does one participate? Does participation come with responsibilities? To what extent do particular…

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