This was another great debate and some true colors came shining through as people had to overcome some technical difficulties. I admit I never really considered the equity of people with disabilities and how tech could help close that gap before this debate. Of course I have seen this in real life as talk-to-text brings students words to life but to be honest… physical disabilities aren’t what come to mind when I think of equity in technology. My mind jumped right to socio-economic status and affordability. I was happy to have those viewpoints challenged a little bit within this debate. Jacquie Murray made some good points drawing on previous Indigenous studies classes and how our privilege shape how we see things. Being self-aware is certainly the first step in being more open minded and aware of the needs within your school/classroom.
I love a good argument and Victoria and Jasmine did not let me down. I doubt I was the only one that hadn’t heard the term techno-colonialism . I liked this term and knew immediately that the idea would encompass several concepts covered in ECI832. Who’s flag will fly over this virtual world? How will big companies ensure that they continue to control the digital enterprise? Are open source ideas be nothing more than a Utopian dream? As big corporations fight for control of the internet how will that effect the technical divide?
I think there were some great points brought up by both sides and I still don’t know where my vote falls. I am hopelessly optimistic about the potential of technology to create equity in learning and expression… However, I do not believe we have seen the end of the struggle for control and money that will inevitably keep many marginalized people away from technology.