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Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age

Vendredi Avril 15 2011

Venue: Concordia Co-op Bookstore
Address: 2150 Bishop Street
Cost: free / gratuit

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Equal Parts Book Launch, Reading and Social Justice Rabble Rousing -*-

Meet author and cofounder of Our Knowledge, Our Power (OKOP), Virginia Eubanks, to discuss her newly released book Digital Dead End (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.

Come meet the author and share in what promises to be an engaging discussion on the issues surrounding the digital divide, access to information and technology, and how 'magical thinking' is not bringing the social justice movement closer to real advocacy.

This event is co-sponsored by W.S.S.A - The Women's Studies Student Association, and The Simone de Beauvoir Institute of Concordia University.

There will be delicious food! 514-848-7445

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