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Contributors: Horstink, Lanka


Social Psychologist with an MBA currently researching Food Democracy for her PhD in Sociology, after a career in Design & Communication and having worked in the not-for-profit sector for the past 7 years as a community organiser and activist, based at the ENGO GAIA.

Scientific paper contribution: Towards a methodological luddism for ICTs
This paper is authored by Prof. Dr. José Luís Garcia, and co-authored by Prof. Dr. Helena Jeronimo, and Lanka Horstink.

Abstract: This proposal stems from the need for an experimental and reflective method - which we call “methodological luddism” - that will allow us to reevaluate the structure of humans' relationships with information technologies. Luddism as a method should not be confused with its original meaning - destruction of machines and equipment -, but understood as a means to examine the conditions that ICTs impose on social life. The problems of the digital divide and risk are only two of many reasons that might persuade us to include ICTs within the scope of a luddite method relative to current information culture. Methodological luddism would have as one of its main tasks the training for information in today's society, which is neither the training of technical experts nor the technical training of users, but rather involves the questioning of technological systems, not excluding the possibility of rejecting or even eliminating some of these.