Coding for what? Lessons from computing in the curriculum | Ben Williamson

Ben Williamson

[This is a talk prepared for the Pop Up Digital conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 19 June 2017]

There was a key moment in the popular American drama Homeland this year when a group of talented young computer programmers finally launched their new software system. You could see their arms in the air, and hear their cheers, before their boss said, ‘Now it’s time to get to work.’

But what have they created in this darkened software bunker? What work are they about to put their coding skills to? This is what the Homeland’s creators call a ‘propaganda boiler room.’ Driven by…

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