C2I2 is located within the Department of Information Studies while reaching across UCLA’s disciplinary, professional and organizational spaces to promote the study of digital technologies as they intersect with people, communities, and institutions across many academic domains of inquiry. The Center’s work explores interdisciplinary intersections of digital technologies and society, with the goal of creating fairness, justice, equity, and sustainability in relationship to our technological engagements. The work of the co-directors engages with scholars, activists, advocates, technologists, policy makers and members of the public at large who are interested in the ways in which digital technologies are shaping and transforming humanity by promoting initiatives that reflect a broad range of social and ethical concerns that require sustained, open and multi-party debate and exploration.
Many initiatives at the intersection of the internet and society, or that are responding to a variety of concerns about ethics and technology, are being cultivated at universities by the same series of actors who have been slow to respond to the critiques levied by women, particularly women of color, about the dangerous harms of internet technologies and systems. Professor Noble and Professor Roberts have been in the vanguard, for nearly a decade, of raising the concerns that while at one time were in the margins, have become mainstream concerns, in part, due to their research and public intellectual contributions. To be clear, C2I2 is co-led by an African American woman and an out gay woman who are feminist-identified, and whose orientation to their interventions reflect their own lived experience and that of their communities.
The Center for Information as Evidence serves as an interdisciplinary forum addressing the ways in which information objects and systems are created, used, and preserved as legal, administrative, scientific, social, cultural and historical evidence. CIE is committed to incorporating perspectives from ethnic communities from around the world in order to sustain the diversity within indigenous cultural heritages and broaden methods of information analysis and conservation.
The Center for Knowledge Infrastructures conducts research on scientific data practices and policy, scholarly communication, and socio-technical systems. They also mentor students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scholars in these areas. Their latest project, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is studying data practices, policy, and infrastructure of multiple distributed scientific collaborations, exploring methods of data collection and management, innovations in scaling and workflows, and multidisciplinary approaches to complex problems.
The Community Archives Lab at UCLA explores the ways that independent, identity-based memory organizations document, shape, and provide access to the histories of minoritized communities, with a particular emphasis on understanding their affective, political, and artistic impact.
As digital technologies spread to every continent of the world, we study their implications on education, politics, labor, identity, and economy. The Digital Cultures Lab is a research center bringing together top scholars across the University of California system, across the engineering, humanities, and social science disciplines. Recognizing that technologies and societies mutually shape one another, our center pioneers innovative interdisciplinary research and advocates for best practices by which we can best understand how technologies can truly support diverse cultures and societies worldwide.