Black software : the Internet and racial justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter
- Charlton D. McIlwain.
- New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 
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- xi, 296 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- McIlwain, Charlton D., 1971- author.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-281) and index.
- Prologue Chapter One: The Great Equalizer Chapter Two: Different Strokes Chapter Three: The Roxbury Shake Chapter Four: The Vanguard Chapter Five: Black Software Comes to Cambridge Chapter Six: The Electronic Village Needs an Organizer Chapter Seven: Want Ad for a Revolution Chapter Eight: The Battle for (Black) Cyberspace Chapter Nine: 100 Years Black: A Cautionary Tale
- Chapter 10: Taking IT to the Streets Chapter Eleven: Collision Course Chapter Twelve: The Revolution, Brought to You by IBM Chapter Thirteen: The Committeemen Chapter Fourteen: What Happened at the Homestead Chapter Fifteen: Kansas City Burning Chapter Sixteen: The Man's Best Friend Chapter Seventeen: Digital Technology: Our Past Is Prologue Notes Bibliography Index.
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Activists, pundits, politicians, and the press frequently proclaim today's digitally mediated racial justice activism the new civil rights movement. As Charlton D. McIlwain shows in this book, the story of racial justice movement organizing online is much longer and varied than most people know. In fact, it spans nearly five decades and involves a varied group of engineers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, journalists, and activists. But this is a history that is virtually unknown even in our current age of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Black Lives Matter. Beginning with the simultaneous rise of civil rights and computer revolutions in the 1960s, McIlwain, for the first time, chronicles the long relationship between African Americans, computing technology, and the Internet. In turn, he argues that the forgotten figures who worked to make black politics central to the Internet's birth and evolution paved the way for today's explosion of racial justice activism. From the 1960s to present, the book examines how computing technology has been used to neutralize the threat that black people pose to the existing racial order, but also how black people seized these new computing tools to build community, wealth, and wage a war for racial justice.Through archival sources and the voices of many of those who lived and made this history, Black Software centralizes African Americans' role in the Internet's creation and evolution, illuminating both the limits and possibilities for using digital technology to push for racial justice in the United States and across the globe.
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