Oxford University has said it will decolonize computing courses because of slavery’s alleged links to machine learning.
The university’s Department of Computer Science overhauled the modules to show students “how the global history of domination and subjugation has affected the structures of science they see and the assumptions they encounter.”
She says she is committed toUnderstand what it means to decolonize the curriculum and examining prejudices that have been taken for granted for decades, if not centuries.”
The faculty, one of the UK’s oldest centers of computer science, says there is a “growing awareness” that “new technologies can have a detrimental impact on individuals, communities and entire societies”.
But the department, headed by Professor Leslie Ann Goldberg, Came under fire for becoming itself a “colonial” By Critical Radical American Race Theories.
We need to go beyond understanding these effects to realize that they are often rooted in a colonial past that, even at its mildest, sought to impose Western norms and understandings on other countries and, at its worst, enslaved and downsized local populations, creating divisions and hierarchies of value. which are replicated in the huge data sets that are often used in machine learning,” said the faculty chairs.
It comes after it emerged last week that the advisory body to universities on degree standards is now out Campus bosses urged to ‘wake up’ Through decolonization in most areas.
The new QAA advice says computing courses should address “how divisions and hierarchies of colonial value are replicated and reinforced” within the subject. while mathematics curricula “should offer a multicultural and decolonial perspective”.
The Department of Computer Science at Oxford declared that “not being racist is not enough” because the university “has capitalized on and perpetuated attitudes and practices rooted in deeply flawed prejudices and prejudices”.
As a result, she claims, it “requires conducting research that truly represents an anti-racist stance” including decolonization and “a rejection of the conscious and unconscious biases of the past.”
New units of the college include one on computers in society and one on ethics and responsible innovation.
The move comes as British universities are increasingly shifting their focus from the humanities courses to the ills of the British Empire Towards math, science and engineering degrees – although critics say it has nothing to do with the curriculum.
The department added that “computer science itself has been described as a colonial discipline, exporting technology designed for specific cultural and social contexts to other regions of the world, without regard to local needs or contexts.”
Therefore, she says “there is an urgent need for work on digital decolonization, digital content, and digital data to explore how databases and images can support indigenous knowledge systems.”
Toby Young, chair of the Freedom of Expression Union, told The Telegraph: “With the takeover of the Computer Science department at Oxford, the colonization of British universities by America’s industrial complaints complex has been completed.
“From now on, it doesn’t matter which subject you choose to study at university whether it is English or computer science – you will be taught about cash race theory.”
Among the research projects created by the Oxford department is a model “ethics hackathon” to help students embed justice and accountability mechanisms in the design of tools and systems.
A University of Oxford spokesperson said: “All colleges regularly review and update their course syllabuses to reflect the latest developments in this subject, and recent initiatives have expanded the subjects we study and research.
Most science courses include content that covers ethical and social issues around their subjects. This content is often formally required by accreditation bodies such as engineering organizations.