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While abstractions and algorithms may tend to take center stage when people talk about living in a networked world, the internet is made out of a lot of stuff–rocks and minerals refined into hardware, hardware stacked in data centers, data centers interconnected by fiber-optic cables spanning oceans, and all of that hardware eventually ending up in e-waste scrapyards across the world.
The geography of all of this stuff of the internet has environmental and political costs, costs that are often deemed external to more-familiar discussions of software’s social and political impacts.
Advancing ecological collapse and advancing data-driven technologies are the two most salient developments defining the future as we know it–so why are these two developments so rarely discussed as related subjects? How can the disparate narratives around how people live with technology shift toward a more holistic analysis and more holistic solutions? What is needed to build just and equitable network infrastructure from the bottom up?
About the host
Ingrid Burrington writes, makes maps, and tells jokes about places, politics, and the weird feelings people have about both. She’s the author of Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure. Her writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, e-flux journal, and The Verge, among other outlets. Ingrid’s work has previously been supported by Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Data & Society Research Institute, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation.