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Digital technologies require material resources — such as metals and plastics — to realize form and function, yet, the materiality of digital technologies is all too often invisible. This UW Tech Policy Lab project takes up this issue by investigating the materiality of near and longer-term technology visions and exploring tech policy directions responsive to considerations of materiality.

Project Resources

  • TPL scholar awarded Siegel fellowship

    The University of Washington Tech Policy Lab is pleased to announce postdoctoral scholar Nick Logler as its Siegel Research Fellow. The fellowship of $125,000 was awarded by Siegel Family Endowment. Logler earned his PhD from the UW Information School in 2023, with research focused on how people are affected by experiences of designing, building, and […]

  • What Pushes Back from Considering Materiality in IT?

    An interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, information scientists, and planners explores the invisible environmental impacts of digital technologies in this essay, presenting some ideas on the forces that either de-emphasize or even actively push against considering these impacts. This essay was presented at Fourth Workshop on Computing within Limits (LIMITS 2018).

    Research Paper