[SIGCIS-Members] CBI's "Just Code..." Online Symposium--(please register--free, required to attend)

Jeffrey Yost yostx003 at umn.edu
Thu Sep 17 02:59:22 PDT 2020

Dear Colleagues,

If you haven't registered yet, please register now for "Just Code." (Free,
but registration is required, and *registration will close prior to the
event*-if you registered for the postponed public symposium originally
planned for May in MPLS, you are registered for this online symposium and
needn't register again). The Charles Babbage Institute (CBI) for Computing,
Information, and Culture's online symposium “Just Code: Power, Inequality,
and the Global Political Economy of IT" (Oct. 23-24; register)
<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's talented and diverse scholars (schedule is both below and on the
event website) will illuminate themes of IT and race, gender, labor,
politics, and education across time, place, and culture.  From AI and
biometrics in policing, labor control and contention in China, surveillance
capitalism, and environmental racism to postcolonial IT control and
resistance in India, IT and counterinsurgency in Brazil, code work in
Mexico, and IT and disability, "Just Code" will highlight and contextualize
systems, structures, policies, and practices extending social, economic,
and environmental inequality and injustice in global society.

Best, Jeff and Con

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*Just Code Symposium Schedule*

*Friday, Oct 23**rd** (All times CST)*

9:30 to 9:40 am

*Opening Remark and Acknowledging Sponsors/Co-Sponsors*

Jeffrey Yost

9:40 to 11:20 am

*Keynote Session I: Racial Inequality and Culture*

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, Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University.
“Modern Computing and Counterinsurgency in 1960s 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. 24**th **(All times CST)*

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.”

11:10 am to 12:30 pm

*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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