Institute of Information Science Academia Sinica
Topic: Internet Geographies: Data Shadows and Digital Divisions of Labour
Speaker: Dr. Mark Graham (Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow Oxford Internet Institute University of Oxford)
Date: 2015-04-30 (Thu) 10:30 – 12:00
Location: 1st Meeting Room, RCHSS, Academia Sinica
Host: Tyng-Ruey Chuang

Abstract:

Digital information is the raw material for much of the work that goes on in the contemporary global economy, and there are few people and places that remain entirely disconnected from international and global economic processes.

As such, it is important to understand who produces and reproduces, who has access, and who and where are represented by information in our contemporary knowledge economy.

This talk discusses inequalities in historical information geographies, before moving to examine the Internet-era potentials for new and more inclusionary patterns.

It concludes that rather than democratizing platforms of knowledge sharing, changing connectivities appear to be enabling a digital division of labour in which the visibility, voice and power of the North is reinforced rather than diminished.