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Antiracism & Technology Design


Term:

Fall

Department:

MAS: Media Arts and Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Danielle Wood

Faculty email:

drwood@media.mit.edu

Apply by:

9/15/2020

Contact:

Dr. Katlyn Turner: katlyn@media.mit.edu

Project Description

The Space Enabled Research Group works to advance justice in Earth’s complex systems using designs enabled by space. The group considers three broad research thrusts: (1) Developing space technologies that advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), (2) Working to make space and its benefits accessible for all and sustainable for the future, and (3) Exploring the relationship between technology and social inequity. The Antiracism and Technology Design research project looks specifically at Thrust (3) and asks the following questions: ● How does technology passively or actively contribute to and sustain social hierarchy? ● How does technology and innovation affect racial hierarchy and injustice? ● What features of technology design or implementation can lead to equitable or inequitable outcomes for people of different races? ● What are meaningful antiracist outcomes from technology and how can we measure them? ● What are principles of antiracist technology design? The Space Enabled Research Group seeks students to work on the Antiracism and Technology Design Research Project. Project activities for the Fall term include: (1) high level literature analysis of relevant work on race, social hierarchy, STEM, technology, and policy, (2) meeting with relevant individuals virtually to discuss antiracism and technology design, (3) supporting a research project for a study on the effects of COVID-19 -mandated social distancing policies on vulnerable populations. The student will work closely with their research mentor and team. The option to renew for Winter/Spring may be available. All the work for this UROP will be completed virtually.

Pre-requisites

We are looking for students comfortable and familiar with STEM, regardless of their major. A strong interest in the ideas of justice and social hierarchy is a must. Students must have a demonstrated proficiency, literacy, and interest in historical and present-day issues pertaining to race and justice. Prior experience in areas of social justice, race, policy, design, and technology is preferred.