By Virginia Eubanks
The concept know-how will pave the line to prosperity has been promoted via either growth and bust. this present day we're informed that common broadband entry, high-tech jobs, and state of the art technology will pull us out of our present financial downturn and circulation us towards social and fiscal equality. In electronic lifeless finish, Virginia Eubanks argues that to think this is often to have interaction in one of those magical pondering: a technological utopia will happen just because we need it to. This imaginative and prescient of the outstanding strength of high-tech improvement is pushed via incorrect assumptions approximately race, classification, and gender. The realities of the knowledge age are extra complex, rather for terrible and working-class girls and households. For them, details know-how might be either a device of liberation and a method of oppression.
But regardless of the inequities of the high-tech worldwide economic system, optimism and innovation flourished whilst Eubanks labored with a neighborhood of imaginitive ladies dwelling at her neighborhood YWCA. Eubanks describes a brand new method of making a commonly inclusive and empowering "technology for people," renowned expertise, which includes transferring the point of interest from educating technical ability to nurturing severe technological citizenship, development assets for studying, and fostering social stream.
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They described 10 Chapter 1 their feelings of hopelessness and frustration when caseworkers couldn’t ﬁnd their information in “the system,” a feeling intensiﬁed by the computer’s apparent power to decide their family’s fate. ” Surveillance technologies such as metal detectors and ﬁngerprint machines, they argued, turn public agencies such as schools and social service ofﬁces into prisons. Several voiced suspicions that regional initiatives like the local Tech Valley development were going to result in higher rents in exchange for a few jobs for the college-educated, beneﬁting a small percentage of area residents and disadvantaging many.
It is not so much that they lack access to technology but that their everyday experiences with it can be invasive, intrusive, and extractive. As I began this research, my overreliance on access-based models of high-tech equity and my privileged class and racial position led me to overlook—and even obscure—poor and working-class women’s extensive interaction with information systems. In many cases, rather than being “technology poor,” women in the YWCA community had too much interaction and too intimate a relationship with IT.
Or the woman working contingent, lowpaying, part-time jobs in data entry and call centers? Or the woman half a world away who assembles the circuit boards, monitors, and keyboards that bring the information revolution to the United States? Or the woman whose family disassembles these same devices to recover precious metals several years later with no protective gear, environmental controls, or labor laws? These are signiﬁcant, everyday experiences of the information age that are shared by millions of women the world over.