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CCIS Tech


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CCIS Tech



‘CCIS Tech’ is the technology wing of the Center for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies. With a team spanning the Pacific Northwest, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Vancouver, CCIS Tech aims to provide technical support for the assemblage of projects that form the CCIS aegis. In its own right, CCIS Tech aims to develop free online software packages with a range of applications including applications that allow students to collect, analyze and visualize social media data in real time. We also seek to provide information technology and digital literacy services to underprivileged communities around the globe. Our ethos of free, open source, distributed processing development rises from CCIS Tech’s goal of democratizing the digital sphere. Such goals, from the CCIS perspective, cannot be attained by simply making data and digital services more accessible—democracy requires citizens who possess both a rational understanding of the universe and society we inhabit and access to experiences and ideas that allow humans to unlock their intuitive and emotive conscious potentials; this means that, within the context of our digital society, we must cultivate both literacy in statistics, algorithms and digital infrastructures and knowledge of philosophical systems of thought and practice that unlock the higher potentials of human consciousness. In short, consciousness is birthed into humanity as potential; it is our duty to actualize this potential, and without conscious effort in this direction no span of temporality will suffice to produce citizens who can fulfill the conscious necessities of a functioning democratic society. In the light of this educational ethos, CCIS Tech also partners with groups like the University of British Columbia Department of Geography’s Urban Studies Lab (UBC USL) and York University’s Critical Scholarship and Social Transformation Program (CCST) to develop educational materials that support cultivation of these cognitive necessities.