Input Please? Review v 0.1 of My Technology Criticism Reading List

I've just posted a massive reading list that's the background for my Tow Center Project on Constructive Technology Criticism. The list is up on the Tow blog, as well as a post on Medium so you can comment directly on specific readings in line

I could use your help! Given my interdisciplinary background, this list is by no means comprehensive or canon. And I’m drawing in a few less-than tradition sources like podcasts and literary fiction that are doing some important work that I think exemplifies a critical, balanced, and humanist approach to constructive technology criticism.

What are your favorite examples of technology criticism? What books or articles influence the way you think and write about technology? Any examples of tech writing that make you cringe? Where are my institutional and disciplinary blind spots? What are the pieces of technolgoy writing you keep going back to, the ones that made you go “huh,” the ones that got you so angry you tweetstormed about them? And if you’ve got a suggestion for a more dynamic tool for collaborative reading lists, send it my way!

Check out the list and comment here.

Researching with the Tow Center

I'm pleased to share that I'll be joining this amazing cohort as a Research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. I have been inspired by a lot of the work coming out of there, especially on Algorithm Accountability reporting that influenced the aims of the Living with Data series. In the coming year I'm further exploring the idea of constructive technology criticism. Here's the project description in detail:

Constructive Technology Criticism
Tow Fellow: Sara Watson
Contemporary technology criticism is a product of the internet, characterized by oversimplified binary questions, clickbait headlines, and sensationalizing explorations of moral panics and progress narratives. Technology criticism has the potential to play an operative role in shaping the design, adoption, and policies around emerging technologies. Sara’s work explores how Constructive Technology Criticism can improve the broader cultural discourse about technology, not only commenting on the technologies we have, but also influencing and shaping the technologies we want.

I'm grateful to the Knight Foundation for funding this work, which I've been thinking a lot about over the past year and I'm grateful to have the time and space to dive into it in greater depth this coming year. 

I'll be working virtually from Singapore and hanging out with the cohort in Slack, and in NYC when I can get there. And I'm also still affiliated, mostly virtually, with the Berkman Center this year. I'm planning on sharing a lot of the work in process, asking for feedback on reading lists and syllabi, building up style guides, etc. Stay tuned here and on the Tow Center blog for updates.