Hacking Justice

Authors: Candice Wilfong*, Vanderbilt University
Topics: Black Geographies, Digital Geographies
Keywords: civic hacking, smart citizenship, black geographies
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 22
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How do user experience design (UXD) and data science skills cultivated within the digital economy shape how smart citizens’ digitize and archive the city?
To what extent does this rending of the city acknowledge a black sense of place?
The goal of my research is to put the dehumanization and devaluation of black bodies under investigation in the context of urban technology and data practices. I am inspired by Benjamin’s (2019) call to work toward the ‘anti-black box.’ Drawing on Latour’s (1988) depiction of science as an assembly of black boxes that boil down knowledge and technology into a set of inputs and outputs devoid of the contexts of its construction, Benjamin (2019) suggests that scholars study how anti-blackness becomes packaged within the making of science for societal consumption and replication. My work delves into the racial projects that under grid civic hacking.

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