Diversity & Tech #11 (October 11)


For folks using postcolonial theory: here are a couple useful books on technology and postcolonialism. We will read excerpts!

Dominance by Design by Michael Ades (Harvard University Press, 2009). This book is about US government engineers and colonialist underpinnings in the development of global infrastructures.

Spiral to the Stars by Laura Harjo (University of Arizona Press, 2019). This book is about Indigenous American placemaking, space-making and map-making with traditional and modern technologies.


  • News (20)
  • Timed Exercise (30)
  • Discussion (40)
  • Cultural competence and intersectionality (10)


  1. Read/listen/watch, take notes, and be ready for in-class timed exercises & discussions on: 
    • The next 4 chapters of Sister Outsider: “An Interview: Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich,” “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House,” “Age, Race, Class and Sex,” and “The Uses of Anger.”
      • In the audio, this is Part 4 and Part 5.
    • Bender, Gebru, McMillan-Major, Shmitchell: “On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots: Can Language Models Be Too Big?🦜” (ACM). Don’t worry too much about technical terms specific to the field of computational linguistics.
  2. Continue to research and prepare your midterm article.
  3. AND: which current technology issues come to mind from your reading? Please find a news item about a relevant technology to the newest tab in D&T News Items 2023.