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Does Not Compute

Center for Information, Technology, & Public Life (CITAP)

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Technology—even when “sufficiently advanced”—isn’t magic. Algorithms aren’t spells cast by programmers. When we imbue tech with mystical powers, we lose sight of the human factors, from economics to culture, and politics, that shape how it’s actually designed and used. Does Not Compute is a podcast about technology, people, and power brought to you by the Center for Information, Technology, & Public Life (CITAP) at UNC-Chapel Hill. At CITAP, we study technology as it’s tangled up in our live ...
 
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On September 10, CITAP hosted Daniel Greene to discuss his book The Promise of Access: Technology, Inequality, and the Political Economy of Hope in conversation with Tressie McMillan Cottom and Alice Marwick. They discuss how the problem of poverty became a problem of technology and the skills to use it, how philanthropic donations have changed how…
 
Technology platforms didn't create our political divides. They aren't blameless, either. Host Daniel Kreiss sits down with Katie Harbath & Tressie McMillan Cottom to understand the role of "efficiency machines" in social contexts and imagine the guardrails we need for social media and other tech companies to become stewards of a healthy democracy—b…
 
Disinformation is social—it's designed for sharing, to draw bright lines between "us" and some other "them." To do that, disinformation campaigns mess with our emotions. These narratives can convert feelings of anxiety, fear, and powerlessness into bright, actionable anger, or sow doubt and uncertainty in the face of optimism. Host Shannon McGregor…
 
Online, information and disinformation cross huge physical distances easily. Applications like WeChat and YouTube keep Asian American communities more connected to far-flung friends and family than ever. By comparison, bridging the dinner table and its language and generational differences can prove much more daunting. Host Rachel Kuo explores how …
 
We like to think of ourselves as savvy searchers, but the truth is that most of us have no idea how search engines work—especially given how much we rely on them. For example, do you know whether different people get personalized results for the same searches? What are data voids, and how do they become gateways to disinformation? Search isn't magi…
 
A lot of the time, when we talk about disinformation, it’s like we’re talking about garbage—not what’s in the garbage, or who made the garbage, or why the garbage spreads, just that there is garbage and we have to get rid of it. That’s a mistake. Host Alice Marwick explores the relationship between disinformation, extremism, and media manipulation.…
 
What do conspiracy theories and racism have in common? More than you might think. Deen Freelon explores how white supremacy itself can be understood as a disinformation campaign and how a willingness to believe all sorts of terrible and false things about people of other races might open a door to believing falsehoods about science, medicine, polit…
 
On our first season of Does Not Compute, we’ll be talking about identity and disinformation. How do our communities shape what we search for, share about, and even believe? And how do malicious actors manipulate our identities to promote their ideologies? What role do big tech platforms play in spreading disinformation, and how can they help addres…
 
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