Databite No. 125: Charlton McIlwain
Start 18:00, End 20:00
Data & Society welcomes NYU Professor Charlton McIlwain to share African Americans’ role in the Internet’s creation and evolution, illuminating both the limits and possibilities for using digital technology to push for racial justice in the United States and across the globe. His book Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter shows that the story of racial justice movement organizing online is much longer and varied than most people know. In fact, it spans nearly five decades and involves a varied group of engineers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, journalists, and activists. But this is a history that is virtually unknown, even in our current age of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Black Lives Matter. From the 1960s to present, the book examines how computing technology has been used to neutralize the threat that black people pose to the existing racial order, but also how black people seized these new computing tools to build community, build wealth, and wage a war for racial justice.