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Hidden histories of power in technology

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Hidden among the great progress that technology has brought to societies, is a history of technological advancements facilitating oppression. So before we think about how we want to leverage technology in the future, maybe we should learn from the mistakes of the past; how has technology been used to oppress societies historically, and what is the legacy of those technologies today?

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Hidden among the great progress that technology has brought to societies, is a history of technological advancements facilitating oppression. From the conquistadores, to the development of steam powered ships allowing Europeans to travel against the current in Asia, to medical developments that prevented fatal illnesses among certain populations only, not others.

So before we think about how we want to leverage technology in the future, maybe we should learn from the mistakes of the past; how has technology been used to oppress societies historically, and what is the legacy of those technologies today? We'll give some examples of how technology has facilitated oppression and repression, and how those decisions affect us today, focusing especially on European colonialists.

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