ctrl-v: how tech and design replicate systems of oppression is about the complexity of sociotechnical systems and provides an understanding of how modern technology reproduces existing societal inequalities and threatens class consciousness. In both its integration into existing systems and as novel tools, technology poses itself as ahistorical, rational, and unbiased; this paper challenges that notion and explains how artificial intelligence and unregulated design can be dangerous automations of criminalization, surveillance capitalism, and social stratification. Using abolitionist and design thinking frameworks, design will be explored as an optimistic tool in reinventing the relationship between technology and society.
This thesis was heavily influenced by the readings included below. They are written by some of my favorite thought leaders, mostly Black and Brown women or nonbinary technologists, doing powerful research around how technology can better be a better part of our lives while challenging its capitalist and colonial influences.