Stanford University Program on Liberation Technology

Lying at the intersection of social science, computer science, and engineering, the Program on Liberation Technology seeks to understand how information technology can be used to defend human rights, improve governance, empower the poor, promote economic development, and pursue a variety of other social goods.

The Program will examine technical, legal, political, and social obstacles to the wider and more effective use of these technologies, and how these obstacles can be overcome.

And leap tall buildings in a single bound? But surely the aim shouldn’t be to overcome obstacles to the use of technology. The aim must be to overcome the social, economic, political and other exclusions that are systematically imposed by the “developed” world. I will dig a little deeper but it is ringing techno-determinist bells. Will we pillage the globe for gallium and then give people semiconductors to free them from our pillage? Or am I too cynical?

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