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Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology

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Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology

July 8, 2015 - 5:30pm
EFF HQ - 815 Eddy Street, San Francisco

Digital initiatives for social causes are everywhere these days—from laptops in education to social media for political activism. In Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology, Kentaro Toyama, University of Michigan associate professor and former Microsoft computer scientist, draws on his years of experience in India and elsewhere to show that, despite its incredible power, technology fails to provide answers to the world’s social problems. Especially in a world of abundant technology, it's all the more important that we focus on human heart, mind, and will.

Join us at the EFF office for this special book talk event on the evening of Wednesday July 8th, 5:30-6:30pm. We will follow this event with a casual happy hour event on the patio. Copies of the book will be available for sale and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to EFF.

Bio:

Kentaro Toyama is W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, and author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology. In previous lives, Kentaro taught at Ashesi University in Ghana and co-founded Microsoft Research India, where he did research on the application of information and communication technology to international development. Toyama graduated from Yale with a PhD in Computer Science and from Harvard with a bachelors degree in Physics.

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