Module 8: Ethics, Biases, and Diversity in a Digital World

Module 8 is an extended discussion of ethics, biases, and diversity in DH and in the digital world more generally. This is a reading-heavy week and there are no technical activities so you can focus on reading and discussion. As this is likely to touch on some sensitive topics, I request that you take advantage of the asynchronous format of Slack to think twice, post once to make sure the discussion stays productive.


1. EITHER read Safiya Umoja Noble, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press, 2018) OR watch Safiya Noble, “Power, Privilege, and the Imperative to Act,” 2015 (start at ~min 26 for about 1 hour of talk and Q&A).

2. read Sharon Block, “Erasure, Misrepresentation and Confusion: Investigating JSTOR Topics on Women’s and Race Histories,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 14, no 1 (2020).

3. read Michelle Moravec, “What would you do? Historians’ ethics and digitized archives,” 2016.

4. read S.L. Ziegler, “Open Data in Cultural Heritage Institutions: Can We Be Better Than Data Brokers?” Digital Humanities Quarterly 14, no 2 (2020).

5. read Robyn Caplan, et al, “Algorithmic Accountability: A Primer,” 2018.

6. participate in the Slack discussion

Technical Activities

1. none!