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The hidden histories
of technology

I Luiza Prado |  @luizaprado

Zara Rahman |  @zararah
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Zara Rahman |  @zararah
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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?

At re:publica 2015 Luiza Prado and I talked about the hidden histories of technology, focusing especially on the role of technology in European colonialism -past, present and future.

Audio from the talk is here: https://voicerepublic.com/talks/hidden-histories-of-power-in-technology

Slide design by Pedro Oliveira and Luiza Prado.

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The hidden histories of technology - at re:publica 2015

  1. 1. The hidden histories of technology I Luiza Prado | @luizaprado Zara Rahman | @zararah
  2. 2. Global Innovation Map Source: Creativity and Prosperity: The Global Creativity Index. Florida et al. 2011 Rank l ‘ 18 E I I 5:‘ are N 1st 80th
  3. 3. Patents per Million Inhabitants 350 >- —X United States 0 Finland AD? Japan —+— Canada 3% 40f Taiwan X Netherlands X 0 Switzerland 7x2 Korea X ' Sweden I Singapore 40% Israel eA— France X 259' — —A — — Germany + United Kingdom D O 2ee— . X ‘D X Q I X 5 - 1 X 7 7 V O 150 X 1:‘ ; ,X/ 1? i me x _ , , , ' 7 1 -5 X » A, .8. X , X , + X A ’ 7 '7' Q + r _ -1’ X i ' ' se - '7‘ 1 e fie ’E— ‘ ‘ * 7% } ti‘ + 9 * — 5 9 ~ ' , O '7 m a 1- I I ' ’ 975 ‘I980 1985 1990 1995 2000 Source: National Innovation Capacity Index Report. Porter and Stern.
  4. 4. “Iron suspension bridges came from Kashmir, printing from India; papermaking was from China, Tibet, India, and Baghdad; movable type was invented by Pi Sheng in about 1041. European explorers depended heavily on Indian and Filipino shipbuilders, and collected maps and sea charts from Javanese and Arab merchants. ” Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science, from the Babylonians to the Maya Dick Teresi
  5. 5. Countries that have been under European control F Europe colonized or controlled by Europe Never colonized by Europe , xi‘ -5‘ , ,3‘? ‘_ ' W} ,9 " "“. ~s~- Partial European control or influence I“ European sphere of influence - j‘: “ “* ‘S- ff’ . v’ E? ‘ : "" I at. 5 ‘ . 9- . I ' E}, ' 2» .3 13¢’ ‘I N40! * . . 0 , — ii ‘ R ' 9.. la. » . ‘ '~ '. .. :-a. . , , fi', ,?, : _) ' ' ‘ N‘ “A. . -~ -. A
  6. 6. “The goddess technology doesn't speak Spanish. ” I The Open Veins of Latin America Eduardo Galeano
  7. 7. lMa1aria, quinine and the cinchona tree
  8. 8. ., ._ I co; _d*n'1g1 ra»fi'1gLa§~»§y{é{ti xfl ‘ I . ‘/‘ ‘~/ '3', V 5.» eifi‘s 37 . . 1,. ..
  9. 9. “If the industrial revolutions of Europe were made possible by the control of the resources of colonized lands and the exploitation of slave labour [. . . ]then in what sense is it meaningful to speak only of “Western” tech, industry, science? ” Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media Ella Shohat, Robert Stam
  10. 10. |Raw materials in the electronic industry Child and forced labour in mineral extraction Source: The Truth Behind the Barcode: Electronic Industry Trends. Nimbalker et al. 2014. cg} no _ *r- , . _« - u ‘.18 ' Red represents countries known to use child and/ or forced labour in the extraction of one or more minerals (Source: DOL Llsr of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor. 101 1 )
  11. 11. I MicroCHIPS 5 : ' rn C ro C h p ABOUT TECHNOLOGY PIPELINE PARTNERING NEWS a PUBLICATIONS conmcr Lfi<')7ICi Revolutionizing drug delivery Our proprietary microchiobased implant can store and release precise doses of drugs at scheduled intervals for up to it’: years
  12. 12. ll Internet . org lntérnetiorgbyfieeboék maour pao. i'sofs bases" convict Learn about developing for | nternet. org ) E WE cqN’NEcT, : TTER ITGETS. rlw»
  13. 13. The power dichotomies that were created through European colonisation, still exist today: technology, and knowledge, is power, and we need to create structures that allow for that power to be spread more equally throughout the global population. I Photo Credit: “Landing of Columbus”, by John Vanderlyn (1847) - Wikicommons
  14. 14. Thank you! Collusion | @Collusion_ soundcloud. com/ collusion Luiza Prado | @luizaprado Zara Rahman | @zararah

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