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What is digital inequality?: A conversation on The Promise of Access
Join us for a Virtual Happy Hour Discussion on Daniel Greene’s new book, The Promise of Access.

In his new book, The Promise of Access: Technology, Inequality, and the Political Economy of Hope, Daniel Greene of the University of Maryland College of Information Studies (UMD iSchool) presents new insights on how the digital workforce is being trained and why our attempts to solve poverty with technology so often fail . This virtual event brings together leading scholars to discuss the book and the window it opens into contemporary inequality. As we attempt to escape yet another extreme and unequal economic crisis, it is more important than ever to consider how new technologies are changing the labor market and the institutions that prepare people for it, in order to escape the cycle of quick fixes and easy upgrades pursued by startups, schools, libraries, and cities that should (and often do) know better. Please join Daniel Greene, danah boyd, Steven Jackson, Lilly Irani, and Jessica Vitak for a conversation on the nature of inequality in the information economy, how we define it, and what we can do about it.

Apr 30, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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danah boyd
Principal Researcher @Microsoft Research
Researcher examining the intersection between technology and society, particularly how young people use social media as part of their everyday practices. Author of It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research; Founder of Data & Society; Visiting Professor at NYU
Steven Jackson
Associate Professor of Information Science /Technology Studies; Dean of William Keeton House @Cornell University
Scholar focusing on where new computing forms and practices meet the material world, with implications for sustainability, development, inequality, and new (and old) cultural practices.
Lilly Irani
Associate Professor of Communication / Science Studies @UC San Diego
Ethnographer of work trained to analyze interactional, organizational, and cultural dynamics as mediated by technology. Author of Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India. Designer, builder, and manager of software that intervenes, resists, or demonstrates alternatives to existing platforms.