Black Software: The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter
 
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ISBN13:9780190863845
ISBN10:0190863846
Binding:Hardback
No. of pages:312 pages
Size:157x236x27 mm
Weight:635 g
Language:English
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Black Software

The Internet & Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter
 
Publisher: OUP USA
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Black Software, for the first time, chronicles the long relationship between African Americans, computing technology, and the Internet. Through new archival sources and the voices of many of those who lived and made this history, the book centralizes African Americans' role in the Internet's creation and evolution, illuminating both the limits and possibilities for using digital technology to push for racial justice in the United States and across the globe.

Long description:
Activists, pundits, politicians, and the press frequently proclaim today's digitally mediated racial justice activism the new civil rights movement. As Charlton D. McIlwain shows in this book, the story of racial justice movement organizing online is much longer and varied than most people know. In fact, it spans nearly five decades and involves a varied group of engineers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, journalists, and activists. But this is a history that is virtually unknown even in our current age of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Black Lives Matter.

Beginning with the simultaneous rise of civil rights and computer revolutions in the 1960s, McIlwain, for the first time, chronicles the long relationship between African Americans, computing technology, and the Internet. In turn, he argues that the forgotten figures who worked to make black politics central to the Internet's birth and evolution paved the way for today's explosion of racial justice activism. From the 1960s to present, the book examines how computing technology has been used to neutralize the threat that black people pose to the existing racial order, but also how black people seized these new computing tools to build community, wealth, and wage a war for racial justice.Through archival sources and the voices of many of those who lived and made this history, Black Software centralizes African Americans' role in the Internet's creation and evolution, illuminating both the limits and possibilities for using digital technology to push for racial justice in the United States and across the globe.

Charlton McIlwain's Black Software is a groundbreaking history of the intersection between technology and race in the United States.
Table of Contents:
Prologue
Chapter One: The Great Equalizer
Chapter Two: Different Strokes
Chapter Three: The Roxbury Shake
Chapter Four: The Vanguard
Chapter Five: Black Software Comes to Cambridge
Chapter Six: The Electronic Village Needs an Organizer
Chapter Seven: Want Ad for a Revolution
Chapter Eight: The Battle for (Black) Cyberspace
Chapter Nine: 100 Years Black: A Cautionary Tale
Chapter 10: Taking IT to the Streets
Chapter Eleven: Collision Course
Chapter Twelve: The Revolution, Brought to You by IBM
Chapter Thirteen: The Committeemen
Chapter Fourteen: What Happened at the Homestead
Chapter Fifteen: Kansas City Burning
Chapter Sixteen: The Man's Best Friend
Chapter Seventeen: Digital Technology: Our Past Is Prologue
Notes
Bibliography
Index