UAL is excited to announce that Dr Peaks Krafft is to lead MA Internet Equalities at UAL’s Creative Computing Institute. Now enrolling for 2021, the course is designed to challenge power relations and dismantle systems of oppression and inequality built into internet platforms, companies and technologies.
Dr Krafft is a values-driven computer scientist, academic and community organiser, whose recent work is centred on 4 issues in higher education and tech: social impacts of technology; personal and institutional accountability; anti-racism in organisations and conflicts of interest from tech funding.
Coming to the Creative Computing Institute from the Oxford Internet Institute in the University of Oxford’s Social Science Division, Dr. Krafft holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Their research, teaching and organising champions social responsibility and social justice, promoting how communities can build power. They have published and presented extensively on topics including participatory change in digital institutions, data visualisation, AI, casualisation and ethics. Dr. Krafft co-directs the Critical Platform Studies Group (CritPlat): an international research collective which interrogates and intervenes on structures of power that are produced or reproduced by software.
As Course Leader, Dr Krafft will work with students to progress concepts around values-driven work, exploring together what areas the tech sector could prioritise and what practical skills development is needed for doing anti-oppressive work in tech roles and tech-related roles. Dr Krafft will help students to understand the different types of opportunity that could be open to them as practitioners.
Ben Stopher, Dean of UAL Creative Computing Institute:
MA Internet Equalities will advance critical debate and practice as we collaborate as a community of computer scientists, designers and students to produce fairer, more empathetic internet technologies. Dr Peaks Krafft brings a fascinating body of research and progressive thinking in this area and we are delighted to welcome them as Course Leader to both contribute to the Institute’s mission and support our students.
The course will draw on principles of participatory design, feminist human computer interaction, digital ethnography and design justice. It examines how scholars and creative practitioners have used frameworks such as Intersectional Critical Race Technology Studies, Digital Feminism, Queer Theory and Postcolonial Science and Technology Studies.
Find out more
Dr Krafft: selection of papers
- The A-Z of UAVs Critical Platform Studies Group. (2020) PDF [3.3MB]
- The A-Z of UAVs Critical Platform Studies Group. (2020). PNG
- Meg Young, P. M. Krafft, Michael Katell. (Forthcoming). A Call for Scholar-Activism: A Response to Power and Technology. ACM Interactions. [PDF 225KB]
- P. M. Krafft, Joan Donovan. (2020). Disinformation by Design: The Use of Evidence Collages and Platform Filtering in a Media Manipulation Campaign. Political Communication [PDF, 339KB]
- Emily Porter, P. M. Krafft, Brian Keegan. (2020). Visual Narratives and Collective Memory across Peer-Produced Accounts of Contested Sociopolitical Events. ACM Transactions on Social Computing [PDF, 7.1MB]
- Meg Young, Michael Katell, P. M. Krafft. (2019). Municipal Surveillance Regulation and Algorithmic Accountability. Big Data & Society. [2019 iConference Best Poster]
- Seth Frey*, P. M. Krafft*, Brian Keegan*. (2019). “This Place Does What It Was Built For”: Designing Digital Institutions for Participatory Change. The 22nd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW). [Best Paper Honourable Mention] [PDF, 765KB]
Groups and projects
Dismantling Systemic Racism at the Oxford Internet Institute - Open Letter, June 2020