Reading Groups

Princeton TechSoc Reading Group

The Princeton TechSoc Reading Group is dedicated to exploring the interrelationships between technology and society, with an emphasis on IT policy issues. Subscribe here to the email list.

Our theme this semester is Tech and the Environment. We’ll also be spotlighting local environmental news each to ground our meetings in the communities around us, so please check out this resource too:

TechSoc will meet virtually and in 306 Sherrerd Hall biweekly on Thursdays at 3 p.m. For additional information and the Zoom link please contact Klaudia Jazwinska at or Christelle Tessono at .

Spring 2022

Thursday, February 10

This week, our theme is Indigenous People and the Environment — We’ll be discussing how communities have used technology in the fight against environmental degradation, while also complicating our understandings of “environmentally friendly tech”. We’ll be centering Indigenous voices in our discussion, and welcome you to consider the histories and legacies of colonialism in NJ history, while also uplifting indigenous resistance, joy, and futures.

Here are some suggested readings to review prior to the discussion:

Local News:

Fall 2021

4 p.m., 306 Sherrerd Hall

  • Tuesday, October 26 – The theme of the meeting will be labor and workers.
  • Tuesday, November 9 – We’ll be discussing the role of users as stakeholders in tech.
  • Tuesday, December 7

Spring 2021

Fall 2020

Spring 2020

Fall 2019

  • September 24 – Discussion regarding ethical and policy questions around data brokers, including the proposed Data Broker List Act of 2019.
  • October 8 – Competition and Big Tech, hosted by Mihir Kshirsagar.
  • October 22 – Dr. Seth Lazar will join us for a discussion of his scholarship on the social value of explanation in AI.
  • November 5 – Smart Cities
  • November 19 – Dr. Finn Brunton will join us to discuss his book Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency.
  • December 3 – Privacy, Surveillance, and Data Governance in Education
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