Destee Network : AfroGeeks Conference

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    Conference Announcement

    AfroGeeks: From Technophobia to Technophilia
    May 7-8, 2004
    Center for Black Studies
    University of California, Santa Barbara

    Free and Open to the Public :wave:

    In recent years, African Americans, especially,
    have been portrayed as poster children for the digital
    divide discourse. Though rarely represented today as full
    participants in the information technology revolution, black
    people are among the earliest adopters and comprise some of
    the most ardent and innovative users of IT (information
    technology). It is too often widespread ignorance of African
    Diasporic people's long history of technology adoption that
    limits fair and fiscally sound IT investments, policies and
    opportunities for black communities locally and globally.
    Such racially aligned politics of investment create a
    self-fulfilling prophesy or circular logic wherein the
    lack of equitable access to technology in black communities
    produces a corresponding lack of technology literacy and

    Thus, necessary high-tech investments are not made in such
    underserved communities because many consider it fiscally
    irresponsible, which, in turn, perpetuates the vicious
    cycle. Despite such formidable odds, black people continue
    to break out of this cycle of socially constructed
    technological determinism. It is in this way that African
    Diasporic people's many successes within new media and
    information technologies are too often overshadowed by
    the significant inequalities in technology access.

    This conference takes up these and other important issues
    pertaining to black people's actual engagements with IT
    outside the popular stereotype of black technological lag
    behind other population sectors. Among the topics addressed
    at this "AfroGEEKS" conference are: concerns with structural
    barriers to IT access; effective models of innovative IT use
    and adoption; the influence of traditional science education
    on black youths' tech skills; black technophobes and
    Luddites; computer gaming; black IT leaders; IT commodity
    consumption versus production; black blogs and virtual
    communities; high-tech racial surveillance and profiling
    after 9-11; digital arts; the geek identity problematic,
    and more...