Bits Leak Out – Digital infrastructure Affecting Social Justice

Some technology has obvious and intentional social implications: election rigging, surveillance, cyber-weapons. It is also clear that the increasing dependence on digital access to government, welfare, health and commerce may shut out those without the money to afford or skills to use technology. However, even when technology is apparently well-intentioned, when the rules appear unbiased, still the technology may have a differential impact on the vulnerable. Computers are not natural black-boxes, the low-level details of algorithms leak out.

In this event, interested participants shared current research on the ways digital infrastructures affect social justice, explored what transdisciplinary responses may be required for technology to support social justice, and influenced the agenda and funding process of Not Equal.