Digital Literacies Pathways:

Theory Path

  1. Racial Justice:

This was a very interesting reading. It is sad however unsurprising to know that the internet and algorithms can reinforce racism and oppression. Because they are created by humans who are racists. After reading the article I understood how this could have a negative impact on the people that are searching the internet. The lack of representation of Black, Latinx, women or any oppressed minority group would definitely have an impact on the well-being of these groups of people. For example, I did not know that “automatic soap dispensers in public bathrooms do not recognize dark-skinned hands” some might see this as a minor thing, but being rejected the right to have those minor things that everyone -white apparently- have is what makes it hard. It is, however, good to know that tech companies have started including women and people of color more, as inclusivity and diversity are key to an equitable society.

2. Labor Rights:

This article was very informative for me. I did not really know much about the rights that gig workers on online platforms have. It is clear now that applications that I use every day such as Uber do not give employees their full rights. It is also very problematic how these companies and online platforms can easily access the personal information of the people working without them knowing about it, or forcing them to overwork themselves or else face the risk of being blocked by the platform. So, it is a good start to see, as the article states, that workers are now forming a union that would make them take back their rights, access their digital rights and be treated as real employees.

3. Transparency:

Transparency and accountability are very important when it comes to the internet and social media. The more there is transparency the more you know that the country that social media is operating in is a democracy. Censorship is usually practiced by authorities to repress the voices of the people and help the running elite to stay in power. In a dictatorship, people would most likely be afraid to voice out their opinions on social media, as they fear being caught because every word they say is monitored by the government. This oppression and lack of freedom of speech makes That is why, as the article mentions, social media users should be protected, their information and their safety should be a priority for social media companies and the tech sector. I believe that users are discouraged to share their opinions online because they fear the online hate speech and violence that will come their way, or they fear their personal information being leaked.

Digital Confidence Test Result:

The aim of this test was to analyze my digital literacy, determine my digital confidence, and help me decide what digital literacy goals I want and how I can possibly achieve them. Through the test, I found out that I am an average when it comes to digital literacy, I only know the minimum information that could help me do the simple things. I think the most thing that I lack knowledge about is my identity and well-being, as identity protection is very complicated on social media apps and the internet, it is hard for me to understand how they work and how I can protect my personal information. I also need to develop my skills in creating and innovating because I think I lack knowledge in this regard as I am more of a reader and not a visual learner.

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