From the MIT News Office: “‘Race in Digital Space’ to celebrate access, arts and achievements”.
“Race in Digital Space,” a three-day conference to celebrate the accomplishments of minorities using digital technologies, will be presented by researchers in MIT’s Program in Comparative Media Studies and USC’s Annenberg Center for Communication from Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29, 2001 in the Wong Auditorium, Building E51.
“Cyberspace has been represented as a race-blind environment, yet we don’t shed our racial identities or escape racism just because we go on line,” said Henry Jenkins, director of the Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT, professor of literature and co-organizer of the event.
“The concept of ‘digital divide,’ however, is inadequate to describe a moment when minority use of digital technologies is dramatically increasing. The time has come to focus on the success stories, to identify examples of work that has increased minority access to information technologies and visibility in digital spaces.”
Conference organizers hope the event will provoke new critical thinking about race in a wide variety of digital spaces.