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Antiracism & Technology Design Research Project


Term:

Summer

Department:

MAS: Media Arts and Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Professor Danielle Wood

Faculty email:

drwood@media.mit.edu

Apply by:

June 1, 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 and sustainable for all, and (3) Exploring the relationship between technology and social inequity. The Antiracism and Technology Design research project looks at Thrust (3) and asks: ● How does technology passively or actively contribute to social inequity? ● How does technology and innovation contribute to racist hierarchy? ● 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? We seek students to work (CREDIT ONLY) on the Antiracism and Technology Design Research Project. Project activities for summer term include: (1) high level literature analysis of work on race, social hierarchy, STEM, technology, and policy, (2) meeting with relevant individuals virtually to discuss antiracism and technology design, (3) conducting research interviews 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 fall may be available.

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 required. A demonstrated interest in issues pertaining to race is preferred. Prior experience in areas of policy and/or technology is preferred.