Who is the Internet for?

The internet now permeates almost every aspect of our lives, affecting us all, but the voices who get to shape the internet remain largely white and male.

Failing to take different perspectives into account in the development of new technologies risks us perpetuating existing inequalities, and also causes us to lose out on many radical reimaginings of how the internet could work better for a greater number of people.

It is often forgotten that most of the first computer programmers were women, as were many of the most prescient critics of the power of Big Tech. #blacktwitter is a powerful force shaping dominant internet culture. Without the inputs from internet users with physical impairments we wouldn’t have the voice technology underpinning Siri or Alexa; there is a lot to be learned from the ways users from countries with more restricted internet access have come to shape their internets.

In this session, we discuss how we can ensure the voices that shape the internet are more diverse, and what a more intersectional future internet might look like. We will hear from Jillian York, author, activist and Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, as well as from Marie Hicks, historian of technology and author of “Programmed Inequality”, Melody Patry, Advocacy Director at Access Now, and Laura Kalbag, designer and founder at Ind.ie and author of “Accessibility For Everyone”. 

Date and time

07/07/2018 -
12:30 to 13:30