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Cover Quote: February 2023

What tends to frustrate me the most are deterministic assumptions about technology. Both zealots and critics tend to believe technology is at the center of everything. So, opposing views emerge which hold that technology is either making the world better or destroying it. This is especially common when adults fret over how young people use technology. I approach technology as a tool and an intervention. Certain futures are made easier because of technology, and certain futures get more complicated. We can make bets about the probabilities of certain futures, but we cannot see the future. We can only introduce other interventions.

For this reason, I like to look at what people do with technology, to see how they leverage it to shape their futures, how they understand the world around them, and how they make choices given their realities.

- danah boyd
People of ACM, 2022
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