Restorying Computing

CSE 142 Honors Seminar, Autumn 2020

In this seminar series, we will engage in the emergent dialogue on critical computing theory by analyzing the politics of computing—the consequences, limitations, and unjust impacts of computing in society. What might a future history of computing look like if computing worked in favor of collective human liberation rather than as Weapons of Math Destruction?

Sep 30
Amy J. Ko
  1. How to teach programming (and other things)?
  2. Why Computing Belongs Within the Social Sciences
  3. Teaching race across disciplines using interdisciplinary collaboration
  4. AI Safety Needs Social Scientists
Oct 7
Unpacking Equity
Kamau Bobb
  1. Can Learning Be Fair?
  2. The racial politics of STEM education in the USA: interrogations and explorations
  3. ‘Losing an arm’: schooling as a site of black suffering
  4. VOICES: Covid-19’s Impact on Schools & Implicit Bias
Oct 14
The New Jim Code
Ruha Benjamin
  1. Reflections on Ruha Benjamin’s “Race After Technology”
  2. Advancing Racial Literacy in Tech
  3. Holy fuck, Google maps now tells you where the latest shooting is
  4. Love, Challenge, and Hope: Building a Movement to Dismantle the New Jim Code
Oct 21
Crypto for the People
Seny Kamara
  1. The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work
  2. CSE 590Y: Cryptography and Security for Social Good
  3. Callisto
  4. Computer Security and Privacy for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
Oct 28
Protecting Electoral Integrity in Emerging Democracies
Fighting Corruption in the Developing World
James D. Long
Misinformation for Fun and Profit
Renegade Cut
  1. Election Simulator for the US Electoral College
  2. Election fairness and government legitimacy in Afghanistan
  3. How hate and misinformation go viral: A case study of a Trump retweet
  4. The promise of restorative justice in addressing online harm
Nov 4
Data for Dignity
Melissa Birchfield
  1. Polaris Project
  2. Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2020
  3. Harnessing Technology To Further the Anti-Trafficking Movement’s Principal Goals
  4. List of Technology Tools and Initiatives Identified by Tech Against Trafficking
Nov 18
An Energy Plan the Earth Can Live With
Daniel Kammen
What is ‘climate justice’?
Daisy Simmons
  1. Over the hump: Have we reached the peak of carbon emissions?
  2. What can a technologist do about climate change?
  3. ENV H 418: Managing the health risks of climate change
  4. CoolClimate Calculator
Nov 25
Designing Algorithms for Social Good
Rediet Abebe
  1. I’ve Always Been Scared That Someday I’m Going to Sell Out
  2. Tracking COVID-19 in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  3. Mechanism Design for Social Good
  4. Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD) Lab
Dec 2
Roving for a Better World
Ayanna Howard
  1. Everybody Can Make Deepfakes Now!
  2. AI and the Future of Humanity
  3. Neuro-Symbolic Commonsense Intelligence
  4. Changing the Landscape of Computing: A Vision for the Next 25 Years
Dec 9
21st Century Grand Challenges for Computing Ed
Amy J. Ko
  1. It’s time for more critical CS education
  2. UW launches justice-focused endorsement for computer science teachers
  3. Ethics, Identity, and Political Vision: Toward a Justice-Centered Approach to Equity in Computer Science Education
  4. Bits and Behavior: Code & Cognition lab blog