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So You Want to Disrupt the Matrix of Domination: Towards a Design Justice Approach to Data Interventions

Fri, May 25, 11:00 to 12:15, Hilton Prague, Floor: M, Karlin III

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This paper explores a design justice approach to the challenges posed by big data and algorithmic decisionmaking. Design justice is a nascent field that focuses on how the design of technological objects and systems influences the distribution of risks and opportunities; in other words, how design reproduces and is reproduced by, but also may challenge, the matrix of domination: white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, capitalism, and settler colonialism (Hill Collins, 2000). Design justice is also a growing social movement that focuses on the fair distribution of design’s benefits and burdens; meaningful participation in design decisions; and recognition of community-based design traditions, knowledge, and practices. The paper draws from original research (over 100 interviews, design workshops) with social movement tech practitioners to argue that data interventions are most powerful when accountable to community based organizations.

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