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Can Technology Save us from Racism?
Dr. Lori Kido Lopez, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the Communication Arts Department and Director of the Asian American Studies Program at UW-Madison

Abstract
The digital revolution is upon us, with citizens around the world increasingly relying on digital media, algorithms, and computing technologies to support a wide range of daily activities and functions. It is important to recognize the potential within emerging media technologies and platforms for generating greater racial empowerment, openings for diverse participation, and social justice activism. Yet it is equally important to remain skeptical of uninterrogated techno-optimism, given that racial hierarchies are simultaneously institutionalized and upheld through these same digital structures. In this talk, Dr. Lopez will discuss the potentials and limits of technology and digital media through the lens of critical race theory.

Short Bio
Dr. Lori Kido Lopez is an Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the Communication Arts Department and Director of the Asian American Studies Program at UW-Madison. She is the author of Asian American Media Activism: Fighting for Cultural Citizenship and Micro Media Industries: Hmong American Media Innovation in the Diaspora.

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Apr 22, 2021 04:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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