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 firstname.lastname@example.org. As RuPaul says, “reading is fundamental” and we believe that everyone in our community deserves to access books and education.
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.