“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Miriam E. Sweeney is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies and the University of Alabama. She conducts critical cultural research in information and digital media studies, particularly focused intersections of race and gender in the design, use and meaning of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Her current projects explore virtual assistants, emoji, and artificial intelligence.
Melissa Villa-Nicholas is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Rhode Island. She researches the intersections and co-constructions of race, gender, sexuality and information communication technologies (ICTs), the information and technology histories of Latina/os, and intersectional approaches to Library and Information Studies.