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"The values embedded in the technology, intentionally or unintentionally, become dominant. Those values reflect an arrangement of power, control, and prestige that the design constituency would like to see in the world, whether centralized and privatized, open and egalitarian, or otherwise." - from Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet


Networked access to information represents a shift as significant as Gutenberg's introduction of the printing press in the 15th century. Just as the printing press revolutionized literacy, leading to centuries of political and social upheavals, changes in how we access and manipulate information today on our phones, drones, computers, virtual reality headsets, cars, wearables, and implants are disrupting our politics, our relationships to one another, and much more. 

This site aims first to help students level up their own digital literacies skills, as well as their broader understanding of the shifting digital landscape, to become more critical consumers and empowered producers of information in all forms. Our second goal is to help teachers address these new digital literacies in the classroom (online or off), by presenting lessons and exercises that move beyond the traditional scholarly research assignment.

For help:

Topic Guides & Service Points
Computational research  D-Lab (Barrows Hall)
Computational text analysis Text Mining Guide
Copyright & fair use Scholarly Communications Guide
Data literacy Library Data Services Program
Digital humanities DH at Berkeley
Digital pedagogy the Center for Teaching and Learning
Fake news Fake News Guide
Geographic Info Systems (GIS) GIS Library Guide
Health data Health Statistics & Data Guide
Mendeley (Citations) Mendeley Guide 
Research skills Research 101
Research data management Berkeley RDM
Research justice Ethnic Studies Library
Web (HTML/CSS) Creating Web Content: Introduction
Zotero (Citations) Zotero Guide

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