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Digital Dead End

Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age

MIT Press

The idea that technology will pave the road to prosperity has been
promoted through both boom and bust. Today we are told that universal broadband
access, high-tech jobs, and cutting-edge science will pull us out of our current
economic downturn and move us toward social and economic equality. In
Digital Dead End, Virginia Eubanks argues that to believe this is to
engage in a kind of magical thinking: a technological utopia will come about simply
because we want it to. This vision of the miraculous power of high-tech development
is driven by flawed assumptions about race, class, and gender. The realities of the
information age are more complicated, particularly for poor and working-class women
and families. For them, information technology can be both a tool of liberation and
a means of oppression.

But despite the inequities of the high-tech
global economy, optimism and innovation flourished when Eubanks worked with a
community of resourceful women living at her local YWCA. Eubanks describes a new
approach to creating a broadly inclusive and empowering "technology for
people," popular technology, which entails shifting the
focus from teaching technical skill to nurturing critical technological citizenship,
building resources for learning, and fostering social

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Eubanks, Virginia
Virginia Eubanks is the cofounder of Our Knowledge, Our Power (OKOP), a grassroots
anti-poverty and welfare rights organization, and is Associate Professor in the
Department of Women's Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY.

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