Type: Public event

Privatization, technology, and the carceral state

Part of the Behind Walls, Beyond Discipline: Science, Technology, and the Carceral State webinar series


Kelly Gates (UC-San Diego), Anthony Ryan Hatch (Wesleyan Univ.), Jorge Nuñez (UDLA-Ecuador), Heather Thompson (Univ. of Michigan)

Date & time

May 28, 2021, 12:00 pm EDT


This is a Virtual Event.

From investment in surveillance technologies to relying on prison labor, the carceral state--like so many other traditional state functions--is being privatized. The state is turning to the private sector in the hopes that it can reduce costs and corruption and produce scalable technologies for risk assessment, monitoring, and incarceration while generating entrepreneurial activity and even economic growth. But STS scholarship teaches us that technologies are deeply shaped by and embedded in context, and when transported carry with them particular values, assumptions, and imaginaries.

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