We live in an era of compulsory computing, where many aspects of our day-to-day lives are “digital by default.” Children today are growing up with technology; they are digital natives. The digital world is pervasive. But we know that it is not a more equitable, fair, or healthy world. Issues like algorithmic bias, social media addiction, online bullying, and the environmental cost of data have resulted from the wholesale digitization of everyday life.
But technology education and policy have not caught up with these social dimensions of technology design and use.
We’re developing a cutting-edge curriculum for all ages around critical tech issues to help empower the next generation to make conscientious choices about tech in society and in their own lives: algorithm awareness; data privacy; the environmental impact of the Internet; managing social interactions online; participatory tech design; and more.
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