Mobiles and mobility: Syrian refugees, (in)security and the smartphone infrastructure

For refugees seeking to reach Europe, the digital infrastructure is as important as the physical infrastructures of roads, railways, sea crossings and the borders controlling the free movement of people. (Gillespie et al 2016:2)  Last year, I worked on an academic report about smartphones and their affordances in providing news and information to refugees. The… Continue reading Mobiles and mobility: Syrian refugees, (in)security and the smartphone infrastructure

Blockchain Technology: an emergent, political infrastructure

‘Blockchain’ is a digital, social and material network which is supposedly set to democratically restructure the movement and flow – but also the control and management – of data. It comes with associated infrastructural, global-reaching, future-oriented imaginaries (see Fig. 2). Indeed, it is by examining blockchain through an infrastructural lens that we can trace this… Continue reading Blockchain Technology: an emergent, political infrastructure