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Technology-focused student group launching new programming | Nebraska Today

The Nebraska Governance and Technology Center now supports the student organization Broader Considerations of Technology through its relationship with the Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching and Study of Applied Ethics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

BCT was co-founded and is currently led by Colton Harper, a Nebraska graduate student from Hutchinson, Kansas. The organization has close ties to computer science and engineering. BCTThe main focus is on paying attention to the various social, political and moral concerns that arise from technological progress, particularly the design and implementation of computer-based technologies.

This year, BCT is once again partnering with faculties and staff at the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center to host speakers and new programs – but in a new robust and impressive way. BCT develops programming that uses data visualization to tell compelling, data-driven stories. These workshops will be available to students across campus as the project continues this academic year. In addition, the group has been under the direction of the Ethics Center and NGTC, runs a science fiction and ethics short story discussion club and will host a campus-wide Game Jam competition.

The Science Fiction and Ethics Short Stories Book Club is open to all University of Nebraska students, faculty, and staff. Meetings are usually every first Tuesday of the month B1G Ten rooms in the City Campus Union. You can find more information Here.

The Game Jam will challenge interdisciplinary teams of students to “gamify” topics and problems that arise in the NGTC Podcast Tech refactored. The teams will develop digital games that encourage players to think both critically and holistically when looking at technology. The jam is scheduled to take place in March 2022 at the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts. More information about the jam will be available at the later this autumn NGTC Website.

Launched in 2020, the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center focuses on the changing relationship between law and technology and its impact on society. The center is housed in the College of Law and includes an interdisciplinary team of students, faculty, and researchers studying at the Colleges of Business, Engineering, and Journalism and Mass Communications. Questions about the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center or its upcoming programs BCT should be emailed to the Center’s Executive Director, Elsbeth Magilton elsbeth@unl.edu. Learn more about BCT here.

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