Critical Digital Humanities

The group teaches this suite of lessons in addition to the technical skills in the above section. It is important for individuals to contextualize the tools that they are using. It's also important for them to put these tools towards an ethical use, and also know how these tools can be used against them. Sharpening one's understanding of the digital landscape is critical to operating nimbly within it.

Digital Privacy & Security 101 (Defense): Why should you care about information privacy? What is a threat-assessment model? Who are the actors that are tracking you? What kind of information can they find? What are the tools you can use to defend yourself against tracking? What is Signal, A Faraday Bag, Tor, Firefox, Duckduckgo, Ubuntu, Keepass and Tails? How effective are each of these tools?

Digital Advertising & Big Data 101 (Attack): What are the systems you can use to advertise? How can you track the flow of users through a website? What is SEO? What are the main differences between the different kinds of social networks? What kind of information exists on the social network APIs? What is ethical data based advertising and what is not? What is Big Data? Why is it important? What are its promises and its perils?

Digital Currencies & Governance 101 (New Models I): What is Bitcoin? What is the Blockchain? What is distributed trust? What is distributed consensus? What are the different platforms for "distributed governance"? How are they different from hierarchical governance? What is civic technology? What APIs does your city make available for use? How do bots operate in the social sphere? How do robots?

The Digital Body, VR & AR (New Models II): What kind of data is available about your body? What happens to your medical records? What kind of systems exist to monitor your health? What are the basic computer interfaces that we use? What are the new computer interfaces in development? What is virtual reality? What is augmented reality? How do our perceptions collide with computation?