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Sunday, March 13 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Urban Technology on the Dark Side

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Urban computing isn't just fun, games and mapping. There's a dark side to urban technology, with surveillance and subversion in operation and in opposition. It shouldn’t be a surprise: most technologies we use were originally developed in the military before making their way to the civilian side. But mostly, when we talk about urban computing, we tend to focus on its optimistic and entertaining uses. This panel confronts the relationship of cities to technology. Some things it will discuss: how soldiers literally cut holes in walls to through houses in urban wars; how the government creates geographically dark spaces on the map and launches secret satellites; and the role of DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) in giving rise to urban technologies we use today – to name a few. In balance, we’ll look at the ways that artists, activists, designers, architects and hackers reveal and challenge these shadowy-seeming technologies in their work.

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Benjamin Bratton

Associate ProfessorCenter for Design and GeopoliticsBratton is sociological, media, and design theorist. He is Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego, and Director of the Center for Design & Geopolitics at the California Institute of Telecommunications... Read More →
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Molly Wright Steenson

Princeton UniversityMolly Wright Steenson is a digital strategist and architectural historian. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University’s School of Architecture, where her dissertation focuses on the history of computing and interactivity in architecture and urbanism from... Read More →

Sunday March 13, 2011 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Hilton, Salon H

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