Planted: Sunday 9/27/2020 on Listed
Last Tended: Sunday 9/27/2020

Sometimes I reflect on the phrase that the revolution will not be televised and I wonder if that means it will be digitized.

The internet, software, technology is the Wild Wild West.

It’s the new frontier and policy can’t keep up. Issues that existed in the physical world seem to be mimic and replicate in the digital world:

Inequity, racism, surveillance.

But the digital world can also be a place of connection, growth, social good, and innovation.

When people were enslaved one key method of oppression and suppression was ensuring a person was not literate. As individuals gained literacy they were able to advocate for themselves.

The digital world reminds me of the same things. Not many people have strong digital literacy skills or know how to use digital tools. The digital divide is not only in terms of access, but use and empowerment.

People, particularly BIPOC have a chance to claim stake in this virtual world. We were left out in gaining property and ownership in the physical world.

But there is a chance in the digital world to get on equal footing. The digital world is still frontier enough that it’s possible for people to gain ownership, literacy, and advance on our terms and ensure the oppression in the physical plane does not continue to occur in the digital plane.

It's important to reflect on emerging technology, digital policy, digital tools, and how to use the technologies and digital tools for good.

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