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Responsible innovation

Digital Media

We are critical about responsible innovation.

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

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®.

See our Critical Tech Talk summaries below:

01. The Digital Frontier and its Limits
02. Discriminating Data
03. AI Five Ways
04. Shaping Tech with Moral Imagination
05. Artificial Wombs: The Disobedient Future of Birth

Other Events

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More Event Recaps + Other Important Information On Our Blog!

Our Courses

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  • Digital Media and Feminist Activisms: Rhetorics, Theories, and Praxes
  • Critical Design Methods
  • Critical Media Infrastructures
  • City to “Smart” City: On Storytelling Space
  • Feminist Maker Cultures: Reimagining Gendered Labour through Technological Design

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The Critical Media Lab is directed by Dr. Marcel O’Gorman, and run alongside the help of faculty collaborators and research assistants.

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