Technology is Not Neutral

Main Stage

Debunking the myth that technology is neutral and objective, the reality is that digital technologies are deeply and inextricably embedded with social, ethical, and political values that have real consequences for the people who use them. In this lightning talk, emoji researcher Kate Miltner will show––through the lens of emoji–– how investing in the idea of “neutral” and “objective” technology often results in unequal systems that privilege certain users over others.