Mobile as a part of the technological simulation of consciousness in the world of digital inequality

Mobile as a part of the technological simulation of consciousness in the world of digital inequality

  Discussing how far mankind went with mobile technologies, it is interesting to point out that already in 1964 the famous theorist of media, Marshal McLuhan predicted this scenario in his book ‘Understanding Media: Extension of Man’: “Rapidly, we approach the final phase of the extensions of man – the technological simulation of consciousness” (McLuhan, […]

THE INTERNET AS A POSSIBILITY OF EMPOWERMENT FOR THE URBAN POPULAR CLASSES IN BRAZIL

THE INTERNET AS A POSSIBILITY OF EMPOWERMENT FOR THE URBAN POPULAR CLASSES IN BRAZIL

  This study reflects on the Internet and its resources, especially social media websites, as a scenario of empowerment for the Brazilian urban popular classes, which find in that space an opportunity to express their opinions, to socialize with their friends and family and to discover new horizons and conjunctures. According to the research “Information […]

The Saudi Government Reactions to YouTube based Programming: The Content Makers’ Perspective

The Saudi Government Reactions to YouTube based Programming: The Content Makers’ Perspective

  The issue that this paper addresses is YouTube based programming in Saudi Arabia. It focuses on the bottom-up, professionally generated content (PGC) produced by the Saudi youth exclusively for YouTube – between 2010 and 2016. It explores the political context of YouTube based programming and is aimed at understanding how the programme makers operate […]

Knowledge gaining and political participation as a result of bypassing the Great Firewall? Digital inequality between the Chinese netizens on either side of the wall

Knowledge gaining and political participation as a result of bypassing the Great Firewall? Digital inequality between the Chinese netizens on either side of the wall

This image is from https://world.wng.org/2016/07/blocked_by_the_great_firewall   To make Facebook could possibly across the Chinese Great Firewall, Mark Zuckerberg has been working so hard (like showing his fluently speaking Mandarin online, meeting Chinese politicians, and trying to sell a Chinese version Facebook which could allow the governmental censorship possible) to please the Chinese government and the […]

Ulysses in Cyberspace

Ulysses in Cyberspace

For decades, tech companies have competed to make devices that can do more and more, faster and faster, with less and less user effort. In a current culmination of this trend, powerful smartphones have enabled us to truly do anything anywhere anytime. But a surprising opposition has emerged against the ruling wisdom that ‘convenience is […]

Privateers and Modern-day Cyberspace

Privateers and Modern-day Cyberspace

Cyber Security is an actor-rich area: many different entities influence the security of the various actors. The dynamics of such a space are of special interest to international relations scholars. In my upcoming talk at Connected Life 2015, I will share from my on-going DPhil research using a historical analogy to mercantile companies, privateers, and […]

Why is mobility relevant to us?

Why is mobility relevant to us?

Packing a suitcase and moving to a new place is not a fact of fiction. Academically speaking, ‘mobilities’ are understood as movement of people, objects, spaces and information. So, in reality when one moves to another country they are packing more than just their suitcase. What I am trying to find out is why and […]

Searching for Home in the Historic Web: An Ethnosemiotic Study of London-French Blogger Habitus

Searching for Home in the Historic Web: An Ethnosemiotic Study of London-French Blogger Habitus

My presentation at Connected Life 2015 will investigate the dynamics between representations of the French community on-line and their lived experience on-land, by means of an “ethnosemiotic” reading of a small corpus of blogs. The fine-grained analysis of the blogs, all of which are housed in the London French Special Collection (UK Web Archive), aims […]

Digital ‘Artifacts’ of Revolution

Digital ‘Artifacts’ of Revolution

On October 16, 2014, popular photo hosting service Twitpic announced it would be shutting down. The announcement came after weeks of negotiation, as the company attempted to find a buyer that might save it from obsolescence. Twitpic advised users to download their own photo archives and gave step-by-step directions to aid users in saving and […]

Russian Digital Protest: Online Memes as the Means of Carnivalesque Resistance in Social Networks

Russian Digital Protest: Online Memes as the Means of Carnivalesque Resistance in Social Networks

The 2011-2012 Russian protest mobilisations were largely enabled by the rise of social networks. Social and technological advancements paired to pave the way for “the biggest protests since the fall of the USSR” (BBC, 2011). Ubiquitous and uncensored social media empowered the liberal masses to share their grievances, discuss and unite online, and then mobilise […]

Peer popularity and social control in a digital age

Peer popularity and social control in a digital age

This short article is based on findings from a pilot study which took place in January 2015 and primarily draws on semi-structured interviews with three girls conducted in a school in South London serving a low-income community. It marries feminist and Foucauldian perspectives to explore how female peer hierarchies and social control are navigated in […]

Surfing the Brazilian Internet Governance Wave

Surfing the Brazilian Internet Governance Wave

In the last ten years the Internet Governance landscape has changed sensibly. Departing from the romantic and libertarian view that enabled the technological development a fertile fractal governance ecosystem was developed and with the support of different actors established the minimums standards of its international regulation. The Internet Governance Forum – IGF, the International Telecommunication […]

Public People: Personal Data in Open Government Databases

Public People: Personal Data in Open Government Databases

Government open data (OGD) programs, in which a government places public data online in a downloadable and typically machine-readable format, have spread widely in recent years. Just over ten years after the launch of the first OGD program, Washington D.C. in 2006, dozens of OGD programs exist worldwide. The practice of opening government data has […]

Holly Herndon: Internet Surveillance // Home

Holly Herndon: Internet Surveillance // Home

Through a close reading of experimental electronic musician Holly Herndon’s September 2014 song and video release “Home,” I consider the crossroads of NSA Internet surveillance and the contemporary, post-internet, and globalization-informed home. In my exploration, I reference home within the context of Herndon’s understanding: that her laptop is her home, intertwined with her life and […]