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Humanist Archives: March 22, 2019, 5:53 a.m. Humanist 32.567 - events: expansion of accessibility (Milan)

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 567.
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        Date: 2019-03-21 20:09:59+00:00
        From: Allen, Kera J 
        Subject: Call for Presenters: SHOT 2019 Panel

Society for the History of Technology
Panel: Technologies in Transition: 
Exploring the Expansion of Accessibility (Milan)


This panel will explore attempts at broader access for technological
adoption, both successes and failures. Such attempts may include the
development of technical features toward inclusivity or economic,
political, and social actors aligning with and accelerating adoption. We
will be discussing VisiCalc, the first electronic spreadsheet for the
microcomputer, and East German computer toys as accelerating (or
attempting to) the adoption of personal computers. Panelists may examine
how various groups shaped technologies, intending and allowing for a
wider spectrum of users to expand access and grow user bases.

Potential topics include:

   * Educational methods for increasing access, such as expanding STEM
     development for marginalized groups
   * Successes and failures of attempts at access, such as technology
     that directly included or indirectly excluded groups along race,
     gender, (dis)ability, sexuality, etc
   * Killer application histories. Killer applications are those of new
     technologies or products seen as indispensable or superior to those
   * Projects (attempts and failures) to disseminate technologies globally

More information about the panel can be found here:


Thank you!

Kera Allen
Ph.D. Candidate
School of History and Sociology
Georgia Institute of Technology

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