Questions for Critical Thinking

  • How can technology and cyber-capabilities address/mitigate accessibility issues?
    • What are the shortcomings of technology and cyber-capabilities in terms of accessibility?
    • How can/can’t internet activism/online etiquette address these issues?
  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the progression of accessibility issues in the workforce?
    • In healthcare?
    • In terms of personal privacy?
  • How is cybertechnology changing education?
    • Accessibility issues? More or less accessible? Consider the technological access gap.


Bonus: Indigenous People's Day

12 October 2020

Indigenous People’s Day is a public holiday that has begun to replace Columbus Day across much of North America, including in Washington D.C., “in a growing movement to end the celebration of the Italian explorer in favor of honoring Indigenous communities and their resiliency in the face of violence by European explorers like Christopher Columbus.” (NPR) One element of Indigenous People’s Day is the bringing of awareness to issues faced by indigenous peoples across North America and throughout the world. One of these issues in the United States is the tragic crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Another issue is the repatriation of native lands. The mistreatment of Indigenous peoples constitute problems of human security and sovereignty. As with many other societal issues, which will be discussed in the coming units, some Indigenous issues are facing renewed or broadened public interest through cyber-technological means like social media movements (#MMIWG). The relationship between technology and Indigenous people’s issues can also be fraught as technology can facilitate violence, but cybertech should be considered when addressing Native issues and other such facets of human security. Here is a sampling of articles exploring the relationship between cybertech and Indigenous issues.