For our inaugural episode, we want to know: How did the Internet save your life? In other words: how has the Internet transformed you, shaped who you are, or helped you feel seen? In what ways has it brought you joy? Has it led you to a particular friendship or relationship you otherwise would have never stumbled upon? Has it helped you know yourself better?
We came up with this prompt during our summer 2018 co-design session exploring issues related to digital justice. At the meet-up, most of our conversations, naturally, veered towards the ways that technologies cause harm towards communities of colour: surveillance, predictive policing, invasions of privacy, online harassment, discriminatory algorithms and racist design. At the end of the session, one of our co-design attendees challenged us to–if only for a moment—shift our focus away from digital inequities and work on imagining what a digitally just world looks like. In what ways does technology already play a positive role in the lives of BIPOCs—and how does this inform what kind of digital future we want to build together? So, while our future podcast episodes will certainly focus on issues related to digital inequities, for our inaugural episode, we want to explore the ways the Internet can cultivate joy, encourage growth, and build community for folks who are racialized. We want to know how the Internet saved your life.
Try to find somewhere quiet to record your voice message, with little background noise or echos. You should be able to record an audio clip:
on your phone (e.g. as a “voice memo”)
or on your computer (e.g. using Quicktime -> New Audio Recording).
Tips! Get comfortable! Slow down and don’t talk too quickly - pretend you’re talking to an old friend, we want to hear about your experiences. If you're worried you'll trip up over your words, you can write down what you want to say in advance before you start recording.
Having trouble recording something? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll help you find a way for you to record.
Introduce yourself to listeners: Share as much as you’re comfortable or that feels relevant - e.g. your first name, what you do or what excites you about technology (...this doesn’t have to be your work!), and anything else that might be relevant to the story you share.
After you’ve introduced yourself, let us know your answer to our prompt for this episode: How did the Internet save your life? We encourage contributors to interpret the prompt as loosely or as literally as they see fit. How has the Internet transformed you, shaped who you are, or helped you feel seen? In what ways has it brought you joy? Has it led you to a particular friendship or relationship you otherwise would have never stumbled upon? Has it helped you know yourself better? If there's a story or anecdote (or two!) that helped you come to these realizations, please share! Please try to keep your clip to under 6-7 minutes.
If you want an example of what your clip could sound like, we've provided a couple examples of us responding to the prompt below!
Email your audio clip to email@example.com with the subject line Audio Submission: How the Internet Saved My Life. We can't promise that we'll include every single clip, but we'll definitely be doing our best to include as many contributions as possible in one way or another!
December 10, 2018 - Deadline for submitting an audio clip!
December 2018 - We will edit and clip the podcast.
January 2019 - Podcast pilot release!
We plan on releasing transcripts when we release the podcast.