Not-Equal Summer School
Social Justice and the Digital Economy
7-11 June 2021
Are you a UK-based PhD student or Early Career Researcher in HCI, Computing, Design, Data Science, Social Sciences or the Humanities interested in advancing social justice?
The UKRI-funded Not-Equal Network+ Summer School aims to equip the next generation of researchers with tools to help create the conditions to support social justice in the Digital Economy.
What do we understand social justice to be in the fast-changing world of living with, adjusting to and developing digital technology? What can we learn about changing values of social justice by considering the impact of the pandemic, the advent of Big Tech and the environmental crisis? What do we do differently in view of these dynamics?
Over four days you will work in teams to explore emerging and existing technology, looking at how conditions affect what we understand as power and social justice. This will offer you the conceptual and practical tools to help ask difficult questions around system change, power structures and inequities in our digital societies. You will develop strategies to build equity in collaborations, and create digital commons through your work. You will explore data as collective action, ethics in networked systems and engage in future-making together.
The summer school includes a programme of talks, workshops and panel sessions with leading academic in HCI, Design & Computer Science and more, across four themes:
- The Evolution of Social Justice in the Age of Digital Networks and Machine Learning
- Equitable Digital Economies
- Making Data Work for Social Justice
- Stories from our Socially Just Digital Futures
There will also be solidarity clinics on ethics and activism aimed to help you advocate for social change and navigate different contexts and power relations when engaging with communities, institutions, funders and industry.