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[liberationtech] Digital Destitution: A Mechanism of and for Inequality

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Thu Oct 23 12:28:31 PDT 2014

Digital Destitution: A Mechanism of and for Inequality

Blanca Gordo, International Computer Science Institute, UC Berkeley

October 23, 2014 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Wallenberg Hall
450 Serra Mall, Building 160
Stanford, CA 94305-2055

Open to the public.
No RSVP required

The result of not preparing people and places to manipulate the
productive function of network technology is ‘digital destitution’. As
the ability to access the Internet becomes more crucial in daily life,
those Americans who are not prepared to function with this technology
are excluded and do find themselves in a state of disconnection from
the vital economic, social, political, cultural and institutional
processes that depend on broadband technology. In this presentation,
Dr. Blanca Gordo will outline and ground her theoretical conceptual
framework for understanding the impact of being offline.

Blanca Gordo, Ph.D., is a visiting scholar at the Institute for the
Study of Societal Issues at the University of California at Berkeley
where she is writing her book, Digital Destitution in the Digital Age.
Most recently, she was the Academic Coordinator for the Center for
Latino Policy Research at the University of California at Berkeley,
where she directed public policy initiatives, program development, and
the Technology and Development Research Group. Dr. Gordo holds a
doctorate in City and Regional Planning from the University of
California, Berkeley. She specializes in regional-local economic
development, urban poverty, local technology development processes,
organizational analysis and development, public policy, ethnic
populations (African Americans and Latinos), demographics, and social
inequality structures.

FSI Contact: Kathleen Barcos <kbarcos at>

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