Locheilnet – the expectations of a community broadband initiative

Cover photo: https://www.locheilnet.co.uk/ The recent Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband plan aims to supply 95% of the country with fibre broadband by 2020 (https://www.scotlandsuperfast.com/). But what does this mean for the 5% of the population not covered by this scheme? By omitting some citizens who have just as much right to fast broadband, the main infrastructure… Continue reading Locheilnet – the expectations of a community broadband initiative

Decoding Algorithmic Bias

“Engineering is about universalizable things like effectiveness, rationality, and algorithms, while culture is about subjective and particular things, like taste, creativity, and artistic expression” (Seaver 2014) What happens, however, when culture and engineering are conflated without regard to potential subjective biases? In line with the view that the natural sciences constitute an objective discipline, we… Continue reading Decoding Algorithmic Bias

Infrastructure, Wind and Fire

Early in the morning of 9th January 2017, the inhabitants of San Cristobal (a marginalized neighborhood in Bogotá) found out that their new self-constructed library/cultural centre was (almost) burnt to ashes. La Casa del Viento [The Wind’s House] was one of the many projects that Arquitectura Expandida (AX), a collective of young architects, was developing… Continue reading Infrastructure, Wind and Fire

Repairing infrastructures, deploying affects: Bullfighting in Bogotá, Colombia

In January 2017, one of the biggest arenas for bullfighting in Colombia – the Santamaría’s Bullring in Bogotá, was finally reopened after four years of infrastructural repairing. As soon as the famous Plaza de toros was announced to be ready, a number of lawsuits, public debates, and protests became widely visible in the media. Although… Continue reading Repairing infrastructures, deploying affects: Bullfighting in Bogotá, Colombia

The Empire State: How does IDNYC navigate infrastructural violence?

Without a government-issued identity, there are infrastructural barriers to existing within a modern city. Your ability to move within buildings such as libraries or your children’s school is forfeited frequently making you unable to engage actively within your community, access city services or even obtain a bank account. Unjust relations are built into the city… Continue reading The Empire State: How does IDNYC navigate infrastructural violence?

The intersection and destruction of infrastructures, by infrastructure: The Great Wall of Israel

The wall with two faces: a state’s security system containing and protecting its residents and, in its shadow, the death and destruction of silenced civilians. When access to crops and water has been revoked, the grass really is greener on the other side. There are some who choose to utilise infrastructure to aggravate tensions between… Continue reading The intersection and destruction of infrastructures, by infrastructure: The Great Wall of Israel

A Canal Simultaneously Representing Inequality and Progress

The Panama Canal as a mobility infrastructure represents a variety of ideas that can often contradict one another and actually exemplify the canal’s importance beyond its basic function of facilitating commerce. I approached the Panama canal from a historical point of view in an attempt to explore “how infrastructures provide new perspectives of politics of contemporary social relations” (Harvey… Continue reading A Canal Simultaneously Representing Inequality and Progress