ESC is in the “soft opening” phase until Fall 2019.

Header art by Katherine Behar.

From the CRITICAL x DESIGN talk series: Katherine Behar. Clicks (from Modeling Big Data), 2014. HD video, color, sound. Image courtesy of the artist.

About ESC

The ESC key was added to the computer keyboard to interrupt a program when it produced unwanted results, allowing the system to be critically examined. In the same way, the Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing (ESC – pronounced “escape”) is dedicated to intervening when digital media and computing technologies reproduce inequality, exclusion, corruption, deception, racism, or sexism. ESC is a research center and a collective of scholars committed to feminist, justice-focused, inclusive, and interdisciplinary approaches to computing. We are invested in the social, cultural, and political dimensions of digital technologies. We intercede in structures of power and inequality. We work with educators, workers, industrial practitioners, and policymakers.

The center is sponsored by the School of Information; the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research, and the Department of Communication Studies in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan.


Center for Ethics, Society, and Computing
Institute for Social Research, Suite 4200
426 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1248

Tel: (734) 764-5361
Fax: (734) 764-3341

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