Morgan G. Ames

Morgan G. Ames is a postdoctoral research scholar at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society and a fellow in the Center for Technology, Society and Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Morgan researches how the ideologies of computing cultures lead to specific design choices, policies, usage patterns, and other cultural and material articulations. Morgan’s current projects investigate the role, and limitations, of technological utopianism in education and development projects. Based on eight years of archival and ethnographic research, she is writing a book on One Laptop per Child which explores the motivations behind the project and the cultural politics of a model site in Paraguay. Her next project explores the social meanings of educational technology reforms in marginalized communities, centered in Richmond, California.


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Lessons Learned During Summer Minecraft Camp

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Kids sitting at table and playing on a computer We partnered with Connected Camps and Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative (BBK) last summer to run a four-week affiliate camp for underprivileged kids in the city of Richmond, California. Richmond’s residents are predominantly low-income Black or Latino families, and a recent study by the Richmond Public Library and BBK found that computer and Internet access in this community was far below the national average. With the generous assistance of the City of Richmond’s IT staff, we hosted the camp in Richmond’s City Hall IT Training Room, a basement room with 28 workstations. These computers were connected