PlusMinus

Technology is not neutral. We're inside of what we make, and it's inside of us. We're living in a world of connections—and it matters which ones get made and unmade. - Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto (1985)

the pluses and minuses of technology

The Media Lab community is redoubling its efforts to thoughtfully explore the tradeoffs of the technologies we create, and the design processes we use to create them. PlusMinus asks, "how do we reimagine the Media Lab's role in and approach to designing technology, in order to prevent disproportionately negative impact on marginalized communities?"

a community of practice

Spanning research groups, perspectives and methodologies, PlusMinus is radically recasting the design culture inside the Media Lab so that the benefits of our work are more fairly distributed - by design. The PlusMinus community is creating, refining, and practicing inclusive design approaches that strike a delicate balance between consequentialism and social justice, rigorous academic expertise and lived experience, and hubris and humility. 

inclusive by design

PlusMinus’ work looks both inwards… View full description

Technology is not neutral. We're inside of what we make, and it's inside of us. We're living in a world of connections—and it matters which ones get made and unmade. - Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto (1985)

the pluses and minuses of technology

The Media Lab community is redoubling its efforts to thoughtfully explore the tradeoffs of the technologies we create, and the design processes we use to create them. PlusMinus asks, "how do we reimagine the Media Lab's role in and approach to designing technology, in order to prevent disproportionately negative impact on marginalized communities?"

a community of practice

Spanning research groups, perspectives and methodologies, PlusMinus is radically recasting the design culture inside the Media Lab so that the benefits of our work are more fairly distributed - by design. The PlusMinus community is creating, refining, and practicing inclusive design approaches that strike a delicate balance between consequentialism and social justice, rigorous academic expertise and lived experience, and hubris and humility. 

inclusive by design

PlusMinus’ work looks both inwards and outwards. Internally, we’re weaving PlusMinus themes and inclusive co-design principles into the process of introspection, conversation, and reform being led by Media Lab students, staff, and faculty. We host events and seminars, provide fellowships and other financial support for projects that center diverse voices and identify ways to mitigate disparate harm to vulnerable populations before deployment, and/or as the technologies scale.

how to get involved

Email plusminus@media.mit.edu to find out more.

the people

PlusMinus is led by Hildreth England. Advice and support are provided by Ceasar McDowell (DUSP), Kevin Esvelt (Sculpting Evolution), Danielle Wood (Space Enabled), Ethan Zuckerman (Civic Media), Andy Lippman (Viral Communications), with support from the Media Arts and Sciences Academic Program.