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The Critical Media Lab (CML) is a cross-disciplinary, research-creation initiative developed in the English Department at the University of Waterloo. The CML fosters the creation of new media projects that explore the impact of technology on society and the more-than-human world. It was launched quietly on campus in the fall of 2008, before occupying various locations in the city of Kitchener, Ontario. The CML is currently located in the Communitech Hub, at 151 Charles Street West.
The CML also houses Critical By Design, a SSHRC-funded project that studies the integration of responsible innovation into technological design practices. We offer a searchable database of tools for researchers, professionals, and teachers.
Critical Tech Talk is a series of honest dialogues about technological innovation. From data harvesting to the conflict minerals in our smartphones, critical thinking is shifting the momentum towards positive change – towards Tech for Good®.
Season 2: Launched Fall 2023
Season 1: Fall 2021 – Spring 2023
01. The Digital Frontier and its Limits
02. Discriminating Data
03. AI Five Ways
04. Shaping Technology with Moral Imagination
05. Artificial Wombs: The Disobedient Future of Birth
06. Clean Energy, Climate Justice, and Indigenous Rights
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