Into the Mine: Wicked Reflections on Decolonial Thinking and Technologies

Débora de Castro Leal, Ana Bustamante, Max Krüger, Angelika Strohmayer

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Abstract

Our global livelihoods are intrinsically tied to mining. The technologies we use, as currently designed, are not possible without the minerals and metals that are an essential part of several of their components. As a result, HCI research and applications are tightly dependent on mining, including the negative environmental and social impacts resulting from it. This paper aims to describe and reflect on this problematic entanglement as a "wicked cycle." We present a dilemma faced by communities living near mining sites bin the Amazon, which are affected by the ecological impacts of mining and rely on digital technologies made with such mines’ products, including telecommunication technologies, to effectively and successfully advocate for and realise their own local visions of development. We promote a discussion built on concepts from decolonial thinking and critical sustainability. With this paper, we want to create space and necessity to acknowledge our complicity as HCI researchers in this dilemma and propose a series of questions to reflect on our part in these specific, and other, wicked cycles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationC&T '21
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Wicked Problems in the Age of Tech
EditorsFlorian Cech, Shelly Farnham
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM
Pages269–280
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450390569
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jun 2021
EventC&T 2021: The 10th International Conference on Communities & Technologies: Wicked Problems in the Age of Tech - Virtual, Seattle, United States
Duration: 20 Jun 202125 Jun 2021
https://2021.comtech.community/

Publication series

NameC&T '21: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Wicked Problems in the Age of Tech
PublisherACM

Conference

ConferenceC&T 2021
CountryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period20/06/2125/06/21
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