Internet Geographies: Data Shadows and Digital Divisions of Labour
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, social, and political processes.
Information, and ultimately knowledge, is the carrier for the all sorts of signals needed for those processes to constantly be enacted, performed and understood. Because of this, 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 presentation will discuss 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 existing global cores is reinforced rather than diminished.