[SIGCIS-Members] Good news

Mar Hicks mhicks1 at iit.edu
Wed Jan 8 00:40:03 PST 2020


Thank you for pointing out the many people and parties who worked on that report, Mara. My apologies for not shouting out everyone or making it clear that Meredith Whitaker was lead author (I greatly respect Meredith’s activism and research and certainly do not want to fail to highlight all the great work AINow has done). 

Thank you for the correction and details!

Best,

Mar 

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Mar Hicks
Associate Professor
History of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL USA
mhicks1 at iit.edu | marhicks.com | @histoftech
Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing
www.programmedinequality.com

On Jan 6, 2020, at 3:52 PM, Mara Mills <mmills at nyu.edu> wrote:

Congrats on the book award, Mar!

The AI Now symposium and white paper were co-sponsored by the NYU Center for Disability Studies, and I want to offer extra thanks to the two grad students affiliated with the Center who drafted the report based on the notes they took during the symposium -- Emily Lim Rogers and Marcel Salas. And also to Meredith Whittaker of AI Now, the lead author and primary organizer of the event. Otherwise, co-authorship was listed in alphabetical order.

(And separately, the MCC Department at NYU is very excited to welcome Whitney Pow to our growing team of historians of technology & media!)




Mara Mills | Associate Professor | Media, Culture, and Communication | New York University
https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/faculty/Mara_Mills
http://maramills.org/
Co-Director, NYU Center for Disability Studies 
https://disabilitystudies.nyu.edu/



> On Sun, Jan 5, 2020 at 10:11 PM Mar Hicks <mhicks1 at iit.edu> wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> Given that we could all probably use some right about now, I thought I would share a roundup of recent good news involving several of our members. Each shows the impact studies of computing are having not just within our field but on the broader public discourse. 
> 
> 1) Safiya Noble’s Algorithms of Oppression, about the development of “digital redlining” and other racist online practices, was NYU’s bestselling book of the year and their top pick of all the books they’ve published this past decade.
> 
> 2) Sarah Roberts’s recent book Behind the Screen, on the past, present, and future of commercial content moderation, was ranked one of the top 8 books of 2019 on privacy by BookAuthority.
> 
> 3) Meryl Alper’s work on AI, bias, and disability discrimination was cited in Elizabeth Warren’s disability plan. You can read the coauthored paper, published by the AI Now Institute, here: https://ainowinstitute.org/disabilitybiasai-2019.pdf
> 
> 4) Some good news of my own: Programmed Inequality received the 2019 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize in European History from the American Historical Association this weekend.
> 
> 5) In job news: Whitney Pow, who works on queer and trans video game studies and computing history has accepted a full time job at NYU. Congrats Whitney!
> 
> 5) Lastly, several books have recently added to the important, swiftly-growing body of work on Blackness and digital technologies, including André Brock’s Distributed Blackness, Ruha Benjamin’s Race After Technology, Charlton McIlwain’s Black Software, and Clyde Ford’s Think Black (about his and his father’s time at IBM).
> 
> Feel free to add your own or others’ good news to the list. 
> 
> Best,
> 
> Mar
> 
> ______________________
> Mar Hicks
> Associate Professor
> History of Technology
> Illinois Institute of Technology
> Chicago, IL USA
> mhicks1 at iit.edu | marhicks.com | @histoftech
> Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing
> www.programmedinequality.com
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