digital HKS Special Event
March 25, 2019
This presentation introduces the Emma interface in the context of USCIS services, and explores the cultural affordances of Latina identity as a strategic design choice that extends citizenship and nation-building projects for the state, while masking underlying information and data gathering capabilities.
Miriam E. Sweeney is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies and the University of Alabama. She conducts critical cultural research in information and digital media studies, particularly focused intersections of race and gender in the design, use and meaning of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Her current projects explore virtual assistants, emoji, and artificial intelligence.
Melissa Villa-Nicholas is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Rhode Island. She researches the intersections and co-constructions of race, gender, sexuality and information communication technologies (ICTs), the information and technology histories of Latina/os, and intersectional approaches to Library and Information Studies.
Opening and Q&A facilitated by: Dana Chisnell