As I watched chaos unfold at the Kabul airport last week, I couldn’t help but imagine that some of those people caught up in the panic — those running alongside the airplanes, scaling barbed-wire concrete walls onto the tarmac, hanging on to the landing gear; were development workers of one…


(This piece is co-written with my student Samar Sabie. It also appears in the December 2020 issue of Computers and Society, vol. 49, no. 3.)

Sometimes to build something new you have to destroy what exists. We learned what should have been this obvious fact of existence through our collaboration…


As Marx famously said, “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.” When we as HCI researchers seek to change the world, design is one of the key material practices that we are trying to impact. We impact material design practice…


This is a story I wrote for a very early ICTD publication called iConnect launched by a World Bank funding program called InfoDev that was influential at the time. InfoDev was also a key supporter of the Knownet-GRIN project at SRISTI where I worked. …


“It was empty”. I will never forget the mayor’s words as he talked about how NYC Health and Hospitals Coler facility was being converted to COVID-19 use. Coler is located next door to our apartment here in Roosevelt Island, and where some of my best friends live. Even after twenty…


If you are like me, your mind has been racing for the last few days, alternating between a somber realization of the grim toll the coronavirus crisis will take both personally and socially, and a newfound inspiration at the possibilities this creates politically, economically and technologically.

For the first time…


The default model of knowledge production in academia is inherently extractive. We observe people, communities and phenomena, we learn something about them, we generalize and test the resulting theories, and then we share the results with other academics to advance our own careers. Even when we have “impact”, it is…


Artificial Intelligence is a ruse, a red herring, a canard, an elaborate diversion from more pressing and contested issues. It is used to justify decisions that have already been made, or that don’t matter. It is the modern version of manifest destiny, the white man’s burden or the 3/5 clause…


I read with great interest the recent set of recommendations by the ACM Future of Computing Academy (FCA) for mitigating (or, at least, articulating) the potential negative impacts of computing research on society. While I am very sure that those who framed this proposal only had the best of intentions…


Computing has always been a field laden with implicit values. Arguably the most fundamental of these is efficiency-which is hard-baked into some of the discipline’s most fundamental theories and insights. This includes efficiency in terms of both time-including the idea of computational complexity and the fundamental debate around P vs…

Tapan Parikh

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