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Winifred Poster, PhD

This past year, I taught “Drones, Biometrics, and Surveillance” at Washington University, St. Louis.  Next fall, I’m slated to teach “Global Human Rights” and “Virtual Money Makes the World Go Round:  Paypal, Bitcoin, and The Politics of Demonetization.” 

See David Gerard answer questions for my Virtual Money class, about his book “Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain”

Presentations and Activities This Past Year

NPR Marketplace.  Comcast’s new call center is stuffed with Silicon Valley-style perks. Will that help its customer service problem?”  By Miles Bryan, Oct 28, 2019

Huffington Post India. 
Cops in India Are Using Artificial Intelligence That Can Identify You in a Crowd,” by Gopal Sathe, August 15, 2018

Wired Germany.  “More Women in Cybersecurity Would Make Computers More Secure,” (Mehr Frauen in der Cybersecurity würden Computer sicherer machen), By Anna Schughart, April 13, 2018

The Week.  “The High-Tech Office of The Future Will Spy on You,” by Rosalie Chan, June 6, 2018

March:  Participant, Datafication and Community Activism Workshop, Department of Informatics, UC Irvine

         See the write up in “What We Mean When We Say #AbolishBigData2019,” by Roderic Crooks, Medium (March 22)

June:  “Cybersecurity for Whom? Gender and the Sociotechnical Gaps in Managing Online Behavior,” Federmann Cyber Security Center, Cyber Law Progam, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

August:  “Racialized Surveillance in the Digital Service Economy,” Book Launch for Captivating Technology:  Race, Technoscience, and the Carceral Imagination, edited by Ruha Benjamin, New York University, Critical Race and Digital Studies Programs.

September:  Organizer of Open Track on “Scams, Fakes, and Frauds” at the Society for the Social Study of Science, New Orleans, 2019.

October:  “Algorithms of Belonging” Panel Discussion at the 4th Berlin Autumn Salon Deheimatize [De-nationalize] It Conference, Humboldt University, Berlin.

November:  “Technologies of Global Im/mobility,” Annual Human Rights Conference, Webster University, and Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates Conference, St. Louis.

Rest in peace to my father, Mark Poster, 1941-2012, a pioneer of media, internet, and information studies, and a great dad.  See his obituary in the LA Times.

-- This spring I’ll be doing fieldwork in Bangalore, India, at the International Institute of Information Technology.  I'll be joining Drs. Bidisha Chaudhuri, Janaki Srinivasan, and Sachit Rao on their project “Humanizing Automation” .

-- In March, I’ll be speaking on “Avatar Workers and Digital Union Organizers,” at Log Out! 2: Workers Confronting Digital Capitalism, McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, University of Toronto

-- I'm writing up my latest project funded by the National Science Foundation, The Hidden Back Office of Info-Tech: Rural and Prison Sourcing of Information and Communication Technology Labor.  Initial thoughts were presented as:

“Maintenance Work for the Global Information Highway:  Village Data Processing Centers in India,” at the Society for the Social Studies of Science, Boston, 2017; the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the Society for the History of Technology, St. Louis, 2018

And “Faking it on the Phone:  Illicit and Licit Identity Management in Global ICT Outsourcing,” at the Society for the Social Study of Science, New Orleans, 2019.  

-- My continuing source of inspiration and delight is the “Labor, Technology, Transnationalism, Anti-Racism, and Feminism” reading group, which I founded with Kavita Philip and continue to organize and grow

See our meeting on Second Life, hosted by Tom Boellstorff, for a discussion of Virtual Ability, Labor, Entrepreneurship and Technology

Participatory Politics in an Age of Crisis” in dialog with Gabriel Peter-Lazaro, Blogpost for Henry Jenkins’ Confessions of an ACA Fan, April 10, 2019

Racial Surveillance in the Digital Service Economy.”  Pp. 133-169 in Captivating Technology:  Race, Technoscience, and the Carceral Imagination, edited by Ruha Benjamin, Duke University Press, 2019.

Sound Bites, Sentiments, and Accents: Digitizing Communicative Labor in the Era of Global Outsourcing.”  Pp. 240-262 in digitalSTS: A Field Guide to Science and Technology Studies, edited by David Ribes and Janet Vertesi, Princeton University Press, 2019

Gender Trouble in Cyberwar:  Multiple Masculinities and Femininities of a Cyberspy in the War on Terror.  Pp. 188-202 in Unsustainable Institutions of Men, edited by Jeff Hearn, Ernesto Vasquez del Aguila, and Marina Hughson, Routledge, 2019

Cybersecurity Needs Women,” 2018.  Invited comment for Nature, 555(March):577-80.

Invisible Labor: Hidden Work in the Contemporary World, with Marion G. Crain and Miriam A. Cherry, University of California Press, 2016.  Read an excerpt here.

Borders in Service: Enactments of Nation in Transnational Call Centers, with Kiran Mirchandani, University of Toronto Press, 2016.  Read an excerpt here.