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Call for Essays: Offline

by Puthiya Purayil Sneha — last modified Aug 09, 2018 01:35 PM

Who is offline, and is it a choice? The global project of bringing people online has spurred several commendable initiatives in expanding access to digital devices, networks, and content, and often contentious ones such as Free Basics / internet.org, which illustrate the intersectionalities of scale, privilege, and rights that we need to be mindful of when we imagine the offline. Further, the experience of the internet, for a large section of people is often mediated through prior and ongoing experiences of traditional media, and through cultural metaphors and cognitive frames that transcend more practical registers such as consumption and facilitation. How do we approach, study, and represent this disembodied internet – devoid of its hypertext, platforms, devices, it's nuts and bolts, but still tangible through engagement in myriad, personal and often indiscernible ways. The [email protected] programme invites abstracts for essays that explore dimensions of offline lives.

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The Digital Humanities from Father Busa to Edward Snowden

by Puthiya Purayil Sneha — last modified Oct 04, 2017 11:02 AM

What do Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower behind the NSA surveillance revelations, and Father Roberto Busa, an Italian Jesuit, who worked for almost his entire life on Saint Thomas Aquinas, have in common? The simple answer would be: the computer. Things however are a bit more complex than that, and the reason for choosing these two people to explain what the Digital Humanities are, is that in some sense they represent the origins and the present consequences of a certain way of thinking about computers. This essay by Dr. Domenico Fiormonte, lecturer in the Sociology of Communication and Culture in the Department of Political Sciences at University Roma Tre, was originally published in the Media Development journal.

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Tech Anthropology Today: Collaborate, Rather than Fetishize from Afar

by Geert Lovink and Ramesh Srinivasan — last modified May 16, 2017 02:51 PM

"That is why the 'offline' if you will is so critical to understanding the 'online'—because they do not exist in isolation and what we have constructed is an illusory binary between the two." In this interview, Geert Lovink discusses with Ramesh Srinivasan: “how can we embrace the realities of communities too-often relegated to the margins?”

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Digital native: Lie Me a River

by Nishant Shah — last modified Mar 19, 2017 02:47 PM

The sea of social media around us often drowns the truth, exchanging misinformation for facts.

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Digital Native: People Like Us

by Nishant Shah — last modified Dec 18, 2016 02:19 PM

How the algorithm decides what you see on your timeline. If you have been hanging out on social media, there is one thing you can’t have escaped — a filter bubble. Be it demonetisation and its discontents, the fake news stories that seem to have ruined the US election, or the eternal conflict about the nature of Indian politics, your timeline must have been filled largely by people who think like you.

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Digital native: The View from My Bubble

by Nishant Shah — last modified Dec 05, 2016 03:15 PM

In the digital world, the privileged have the power to deny a devastating crisis for the poor.

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Digital native: The Voices in Our Heads

Digital native: The Voices in Our Heads

by Nishant Shah — last modified Nov 22, 2016 02:23 AM
November 22, 2016

What if our phones were to go silent? Would you be able to deal with the silence?

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Digital Native: The Future is Now

Digital Native: The Future is Now

by Nishant Shah — last modified Oct 17, 2016 02:12 AM

The digital is not just an addition but the new norm in our lives, and it might not be all good. There used to be a popular joke among technology geeks when Bluetooth arrived on our mobile devices — everything becomes better with Bluetooth.

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Love in the Time of Tinder

Love in the Time of Tinder

by Nishant Shah — last modified Oct 17, 2016 02:07 AM
October 17, 2016

Service providers and information aggregators mine our information and share it in ways that we cannot imagine.

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Mobilizing Online Consensus: Net Neutrality and the India Subreddit

by Sujeet George — last modified Sep 27, 2016 04:52 AM

This essay by Sujeet George is part of the 'Studying Internet in India' series. The author offers a preliminary gesture towards understanding reddit’s usage and breadth in the Indian context. Through an analysis of the “India” subreddit and examining the manner and context in which information and ideas are shared, proposed, and debunked, the paper aspires to formulate a methodology for interrogating sites like reddit that offer the possibilities of social mediation, even as users maintain a limited amount of privacy. At the same time, to what extent can such news aggregator sites direct the ways in which opinions and news flows change course as a true marker of information generation responding to user inputs.

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