[SIGCIS-Members] "Just Code" Registration Closes in Two days, Oct. 16th

Jeffrey Yost yostx003 at umn.edu
Wed Oct 14 08:57:47 PDT 2020

Dear SIGCIS Colleagues,

Many thanks to all of you who have registered for the Charles Babbage
Institute's "Just Code" Online Symposium! Con and I are so excited about
the event/program!  It is composed of a tremendously talented,
interdisciplinary (history, sociology, anthro., STS, media studies,
philosophy, comm.) group of scholars  presenting on IT and societal
inequality across time, place, and culture. Our speakers are from
universities spanning the world, while our many registrants extend
geographic diversity even further,  Faculty and  grad. student
registrants--from China, India, Malaysia, Japan, Australia,  New Zealand,
UK, Russia, France, The Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany to Portugal,
Estonia, S. Korea, Singapore, Greece, Egypt,, Israel, Kuwait, Brazil,
Mexico, Canada, U.S, and many other countries--make this truly a global
event! While well over 95 percent are from universities, we also have
registrants from museums, libraries, national and international
government bodies (United Nations, U.S. Dept. of Energy, etc.), as well as
data scientists, artists, and activists.

*If you have not registered yet, we hope you will join us for some
tremendous scholarship and engaging dialogue.  Please register TODAY,
registration is free (name, email, affiliation; takes 15 or 20 seconds) and
closes in 2 days. Registering by the deadline (Fri. Oct. 16th) is the ONLY
way to attend.*  The program is below or accessible at the site link below.

In addition to the papers and discussion, we are delighted that (Mahoney
Prize committee member) Rice Univ. History Prof. Elizabeth Petrick will be
announcing this year's SIGCIS CHM  Michael S. Mahoney Book Prize Recipient
at the "Just Code" Symposium.

Best, Jeff and Con

Just Code: Power, Inequality, and the Global Political Economy of IT"
<https://justcode.cbi.umn.edu/home> examines how code—construed broadly
from AI, software, and systems to bodies of law, policy, and
practice—structures and reinforces power relations.  Just Code will explore
the ways that individuals and institutions use algorithms and computer
systems to establish, legitimize, and reinforce widespread social,
material, commercial, and cultural inequalities and power imbalances*.*
*"Just Code"  <https://justcode.cbi.umn.edu/registration>*Free Registration
*(required to attend, deadline Fri. Oct. 16th)*

[image: CBI Just Code jpeg 2 top half B.jpg]

Just Code: Power, Inequality, and the Global Political Economy of IT

*An Online Symposium of the Charles Babbage Institute for Computing,
Information & Culture*
Friday, Oct 23rd (All times Central/Minneapolis)*9:30 to 9:45 am *Opening
Remarks and Acknowledging Sponsors/Co-Sponsors

Jeffrey Yost

*9:45 to 11:20 am *
Keynote Session I: Coding Power

Chair: Jeffrey Yost, Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) and History of
Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Minnesota

Mar Hicks, Lewis College of Human Sciences, Illinois Institute of
Technology. “Computers as Colonizers: British Computing Companies and
Indian Technological Resistance, 1955-1975.”

Stephanie A. Dick, History and Sociology of Science, University of
Pennsylvania. “NYSIIS, and the Introduction of Modern Digital Computing to
Domestic Policing.”

*11:30 am to 12:45 pm *

Reinvention and Resistance

Chair: Honghong Tinn, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine,
University of Minnesota

Colette Perold, Assistant Professor, Media Studies department at the
University of Colorado Boulder, "Assembling the Continental Computer: IBM’s
Resurgence in Cold-War Brazil."

Hector Beltran, Department of Anthropology, MIT. “Code Work: Thinking with
the System in México.”

Shreeharsh Kelkar, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of California,
Berkeley. “Reinventing Expertise in the Age of Platforms: Technology
Reformers and the Platformization of Institutions.”

12:45 pm to 1:30 pm - Lunch Break

*1:30  to 2:20 pm *

Labor and Politics

Chair: Stephanie Dick, History and Sociology of Science, University of

Devika Narayan, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota. “Between
the Cloud and a Hard Place: Asset-Light Computing and the New World of
Off-Shore Labor.”

Corinna Schlombs, Department of History, Rochester Institute of Technology.
“US Labor Unions, Automation, and Technical Unemployment: Fighting for
Whose Justice?”

Gerardo Con Diaz, Science and Technology Studies, University of California,
Davis, "Prometheus's Patents: Owning Medical Algorithms in the 21st

*2:25 to 3:40 pm*

Education, Work, and Culture

Chair: Sally Kohlstedt, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine,
University of Minnesota

Kate Miltner, Centre for Research in Digital Education, University of
Edinburgh. “Everyone Can Code? (Re)producing Inequalities at an American
Coding Academy.”

Elizabeth Semler, HSTM, UMN. “Employee Handbooks, Company Calendars, and
In/Equality at Midwest Computing Companies.”

Jeffrey R. Yost, Charles Babbage Institute and HSTM, University of
Minnesota. “Reassessing the Iconic and Unbundling the Ironic: IBM System
Engineering, Gender, and Antitrust."

*3:50 to 5:15 pm *
Keynote Session II: Government and Corporate Surveillance in Comparative
Economic Contexts

Chair: Gerardo Con Diaz, University of California, Davis and Jeffrey R.
Yost, CBI and HSTM, University of Minnesota

Ya-Wen Lei, Department of Sociology, Harvard University. “Delivering
Discontent: Platform Architecture, Labor Control, and Contention in China.”

Josh Lauer, College of Liberal Arts, University of New Hampshire &
Professor Ken Lipartito, Steven J. Green School of International and Public
Affairs, Florida International University. “Infrastructures of Extraction:
Surveillance Technologies in the Modern Economy.”
Saturday, Oct. 24th (All times are Central)

Brief Day Two Welcome, Jeffrey Yost

*9:30 to 11:00 am *
Keynote Session III:  Social and Environmental Control Through Computers

Chair: Gerardo Con Diaz, University of California, Davis

Jennifer Alexander, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine,
University of Minnesota. “The Mask of Sanity: Manipulation and
Psychopathology at the Human-Computer Interface.”

Theo Dryer, AI Now Institute at New York University, AI Now Institute at
New York University. “Streams of Data, Streams of Water: Encoding Water
Policy and Environmental Racism.”


CHM/Michael S. Mahoney Prize Winner Announcement-Elizabeth Petrick, Rice,


Law, Environment, and Policy

Chair: Elizabeth Petrick, Department of History, Rice University

Shun-Ling Chen, Institute Jurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica. “The Politics
of Openness in the Age of the Cloud and AI.”

Hamid Ekbia, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies,
Indiana University. “Algorithmic Collusion: Legal Challenges and Social

12:40 to 1:30 - Lunch Break

*1:30 to 2:45 pm*

Interfaces and Infrastructures

Chair: Corinna Schlombs, Department of History, Rochester Institute of

Elizabeth Petrick, Department of History, Rice University. “Spanning Space
and Time Barriers: Computerized Conferencing, Disability, and Citizenship.”

Chigusa Kita, Department of Informatics, Kyoto University. “Character Codes
and Local Writing Cultures.”

Andoni Ibarra, Department of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of
the Basque Country, UPV/EHU & Dr. Raúl Tabarés Gutiérrez, Investigator,
TECNALIA Research & Innovation. “Conversational Interfaces: Epistemic
Opacity and the Disruptive Construction of Digital Power.”

*"Injustice wears the same harsh face wherever it shows itself."*-Ralph

Jeffrey R. Yost, Ph.D.
Director, Charles Babbage Institute
Research Professor, Program in the History of Science, Technology, and

222  21st Avenue South
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455

612 624 5050 Phone
612 625 8054 Fax
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