Dear H-Digital-History subscribers,
Please allow me to draw your attention to the latest commissioned essay on the H-Net Book Channel, A Convenient Excuse: Tech's Discrimination Problem by Dr. Doug Priest. Priest, a trained historian who now works as Digital Managing Editor at Townsquare Media, reviews three recent titles that focus on discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and class in the tech world. The essay is a strong critique of the kind of handwringing we have seen in Congress recently regarding Facebook's data collection and sharing and suggests that the first step to solving the problem of discrimination in tech is to recognize and denaturalize it. The essay includes a list of recommended readings that will be useful to any reader looking to update a syllabus or to learn more.
If you enjoy the essay and have more to say, please feel free to start a discussion on your network.
H-Net Book Channel Editor