Internet Geographies: Data Shadows and Digital Divisions of Labour

Location
NG08 - School of Biosciences – R27 on the Edgbaston Campus map
Category
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences
Dates
Wednesday 21st January 2015 (16:00-17:00)
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Professor Mark Graham, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute

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.