QTBIPOC Design Book Club

Join our book club where we read books at the intersection of design, social justice, and technology. Every other month, our book book club gets together to discuss the latest book.

Notes for Our Events

  • All attendees are asked to please read and abide by the QTBIPOC Design Code of Conduct.
  • If you didn’t have time to read, that’s ok! While reading is highly recommended, it is not required to join our book club. Those interested in the current book and the discussion following are invited to attend.
  • For those who may not be able to afford the books in our book club, please reach out to us via Slack or at our email address info@qtbipoc.design. As RuPaul says, “reading is fundamental” and we believe that everyone in our community deserves to access books and education.

Next Book

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 • 7:00 pm EDT

Race After Technology by Ruha Benjamin

Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code
From everyday apps to complex algorithms, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity.

Benjamin argues that automation, far from being a sinister story of racist programmers scheming on the dark web, has the potential to hide, speed up, and deepen discrimination while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to the racism of a previous era. Presenting the concept of the “New Jim Code,” she shows how a range of discriminatory designs encode inequity by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies; by ignoring but thereby replicating social divisions; or by aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite. Moreover, she makes a compelling case for race itself as a kind of technology, designed to stratify and sanctify social injustice in the architecture of everyday life.

This illuminating guide provides conceptual tools for decoding tech promises with sociologically informed skepticism. In doing so, it challenges us to question not only the technologies we are sold but also the ones we ourselves manufacture.

Upcoming Books

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Past Books

May 24, 2022

The User Experience Team of One by Leah Buley

A Research and Design Survival Guide

March 22, 2022

Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil

How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

December 7, 2021

Design Justice Part II by Sasha Costanza-Chock

Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need
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