Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code
  • Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code
  • Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code
  • Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code
  • Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code
ISBN: 1509526404
EAN13: 9781509526406
Language: English
Pages: 172
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.5" L x 5.43" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
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Book Overview

From everyday apps to complex algorithms, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity.

Benjamin argues that automation, far from being a sinister story of racist programmers scheming on the dark web, has the potential to hide, speed up, and deepen discrimination while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to the racism of a previous era. Presenting the concept of the New Jim Code, she shows how a range of discriminatory designs encode inequity by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies; by ignoring but thereby replicating social divisions; or by aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite. Moreover, she makes a compelling case for race itself as a kind of technology, designed to stratify and sanctify social injustice in the architecture of everyday life.

This illuminating guide provides conceptual tools for decoding tech promises with sociologically informed skepticism. In doing so, it challenges us to question not only the technologies we are sold but also the ones we ourselves manufacture.

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5
   Great book. Very informative
I really enjoyed learning the pitfalls and dangers of new technologies from this book. The only minor critique or perhaps warning is that while the book is very illuminating, it isn t very prescriptive. This is the author's choice. I would love to see a follow-up book by this author with a builder's guide '' to technology. Something that has more on best practices, useful resources and how-to guides for builders who have the best intentions and want to create non-racist, non-discriminatory technology.
 
3
   Mixed bag
For the school, I had to read it. It was uneven, as she moved back and forth between other anecdotes that betrayed her lack of understanding of issues in technology and truly helpful points pulled from personal authors. It was also unclear who she was aiming at, as her language changed from highly technical at the beginning of the book to very long sentences aimed at the academic crowd. My recommendation : make the book and if you must, watch one of her talks on YouTube.
 
5
   Great book about systemic racism in technology
It would be a good read for any software developer or database administrator.
 
5
   LOVE AND RECOMMENDING
I love this book so much ''. As a computer scientist, I use it now in my courses on race, gender, class and computing and also recommending to every computer science faculty that I ask how to start better understanding the issues surrounding racism! Benjamin, THANK YOU!
 
5
   One of the best analytical frameworks for understanding the technology-race dynamic
She weaves together insights from very disparate disciplines, which is a value add in and of itself. The only limitation of the work is the tendency of the author to spend too much time exploring the examples she uses to ground her analysis, thus creating an imbalance between historical analysis and contemporary application of her framework and concepts. Despite this limitation, it is an excellent book with tremendous value for a variety of audiences - activists, students of tech - studies and academics. It is indispensable reading for anyone concerned about the overall trajectory of technology and its impact on black and brown people.
 
5
   A timely and well told tale in the age of big data .
Race after technology - Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code connects readers with Dr. Ruha Benjamin's relevant research in terms that are engaging. And historically based -- a need to read for techies, academics, educators, aunties, parents, organizers, advocates, and others. She is comprehensive and inclusive in her theory and carries the knowledge of scholars in African American studies and technology. I say thank you, Dr Benjamin, for writing the book I have been waiting for!
 
5
   A great companion book to Dr Ibram Kendi's "Stamped from the Beginning."
If you are interested in understanding how to become educated so that you can contribute personally to an ever-advancing civilization, this book will offer a way to participate in that effort. Dr. Benjamin's thesis is that in order to advance society, members of society must address the racial biases embedded in the technology we all use. The eradication of these embedded racial biases begins with an effort to perceive the racial biases that hinder the optimal advancement of technology and then to find ways to help grow technologies that truly advance the nobility of all. A great read for anyone interested in progress and a required read for any student of critical race studies.
 
5
   Read this!
And it is an exciting and enticing read! The writing of Ruha Benjamin is a total pleasure.
 
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