Tawanna Dillahunt - Amplifying Voices: Community-Engaged Surveillance Redesign via Speculative Design and Photovoice

Speaker: Tawanna Dillahunt , University of Michgan

Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

Public: Yes

Location: 32-G882 (Hewlett)

Event Type: Seminar

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Host: Arvind Satyanarayan, CSAIL MIT

Contact: Cynthia Rosenthal, crosenth@csail.mit.edu

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Speaker URL: http://www.tawannadillahunt.com

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Tawanna Dillahunt - Amplifying Voices: Community-Engaged Surveillance Redesign via Speculative Design and Photovoice

Moving toward equitable, inclusive, and sustainable futures requires new and evolved approaches to conducting human-computer interaction research. This requires that we, as academics, practitioners, and policymakers, embrace community-engaged approaches to our work, reaching out to the often-overlooked voices in society who possess profound insights into technology’s ethics, potential, and future. I will present two such cases—a journey through speculative design and an illuminating exploration through photovoice, both undertaken in collaboration with two vibrant Detroit community organizations. Within these narratives lies the power to redefine the fabric of our technological infrastructure, especially the critical realm of safety systems. This presentation will unravel the theoretical and methodological implications of redesigning and rethinking surveillance infrastructure through the wisdom and voices of those who have long been marginalized.

Tawanna Dillahunt is a 2023-2024 MIT MLK Fellow in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and an associate professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. She holds a courtesy appointment with the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. She leads the Social Innovations Group (SIG), an interdisciplinary group of individuals whose vision is to design, build, and enhance technologies to solve real-world problems affecting marginalized groups and individuals primarily in the U.S. Her current projects aim to address unemployment, environmental sustainability, and technical literacy by fostering social and socio-technical capital within these communities. At MIT, she is working to explore and raise the visibility of alternative economic futures for Black and Brown Detroiters.

Tawanna is a 2022-2023 William Bentinck-Smith Fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, an ACM Distinguished Member, and an inaugural Skip Ellis Early Career Award recipient.

The talk will also be streamed over Zoom: https://mit.zoom.us/j/98097552312.

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Created by Cynthia Rosenthal Email at Wednesday, October 04, 2023 at 5:20 PM.