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. Stanford CS Department Timeline and The Art of Computer Programming
  3. A History of Capacity Challenges in Computer Science
  4. Why Computing Belongs Within the Social Sciences
  5. Processing the untold histories McIlwain’s “Black Software”
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
  5. UW removes standardized testing requirement for incoming students
Oct 14
Race After Technology
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
  5. Parable of the Polygons
Oct 21
Crypto for the People
Seny Kamara
  1. The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work
  2. Callisto: Tech to combat sexual assault
  3. Computer Security and Privacy for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence
  4. CSE 590Y: Cryptography and Security for Social Good
  5. I’ve Always Been Scared That Someday I’m Going to Sell Out
Oct 28
Protecting Electoral Integrity in Emerging Democracies
Fighting Corruption in the Developing World
James D. Long
A (Mis)Informed Public?
  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
Polaris Project and Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report 2020
Harnessing Technology To Further the Anti-Trafficking Movement’s Principal Goals
Data for Dignity
Melissa Birchfield
List of Technology Tools and Initiatives Identified by Tech Against Trafficking
Nov 18
What can a technologist do about climate change?
Bret Victor
What is ‘climate justice’?
Daisy Simmons
  1. An Energy Plan the Earth Can Live With
  2. Over the hump: Have we reached the peak of carbon emissions?
  3. ENV H 418: Managing the health risks of climate change
  4. CoolClimate Calculator
Dec 2
Hacking the Human Bias in AI
Ayanna Howard
Computing + Society + Justice at the Allen School
  1. Everybody Can Make Deepfakes Now!
  2. Roles for Computing in Social Change
  3. AI Safety Needs Social Scientists
  4. Roving for a Better World
  5. AI and the Future of Humanity
Dec 9
21st Century Grand Challenges for Computing Ed
Amy J. Ko
It is time for more critical CS education
  1. CS education in higher education
  2. Do Artifacts Have Politics?
  3. UW launches justice-focused endorsement for computer science teachers
  4. Ethics, Identity, and Political Vision: Toward a Justice-Centered Approach to Equity in Computer Science Education
  5. Bits and Behavior: Code & Cognition lab blog