I’ve been invited to speak at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute in Barcelona next month. If you’re around, please feel free to join one or both of the talks that I’ll be involved with:
Internet Geographies: Data Shadows and Digital Divisions of Labour (public lecture at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Barcelona)
10 July 2014
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 traditional knowledge and 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, the Internet seems to be enabling a digital division of labour in which the visibility, voice and power of the North is reinforced rather than diminished.
Geographies of the Internet | Internet Geographies (public lecture at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Barcelona)
Mark Graham, Matthew Wilson, Matthew Zook
11 July 2014
In this seminar, we seek to understand and articulate some of the continuities and discontinuities between geographical representations of the Internet (as a record of Internet-based social-spatial relations), and geographical studies of the Internet (as a record of a specific socio-technical assemblages). We do this through an initial participatory discussion about the intersections of geography and Internet: asking how geography is implicated in how we understand the Internet, and how the Internet is implicated in how we create and enact geographies.
The three speakers then focus on key debates within Internet Geography in five minute interventions that are followed by five minute periods for discussion. We all cover relationships between the digital and the material, information inequalities and splintering urbanisms, GIS, society, and critical GIS, neogeography and volunteered geographic information, big data, and economic geographies of the Internet. For each of these topics, we outline some of the more significant contours of research in the area, as well as some of the most significant areas of concern.
We end with a discussion and demonstration of some of the tools that can be employed to address some of the questions outlined in this session. As research on geography and the Internet collide with one another, we hope that this seminar can serve as a starting point for anyone interested in disentangling social, spatial, and digital relationships.