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 Great Firewall of China: Citizen-Seditionists and Digital Territories

The Great Firewall of China (GFOC) is a comprehensive censorship and surveillance regime, considerable as a digital counterpart to the physical Great Wall. It acts to demarcate a digital territory and protect it from external threats and reflects the wider, much-reported authoritarian tendencies the Communist Party of China is famous for. The GFOC in particular… Continue reading The Great Firewall of China: Citizen-Seditionists and Digital Territories

Mexico’s Curiously Subtle Conflict

In this blog post I refer to my experiences of road infrastructure in the south of Mexico (Mexico City and the Oaxaca province), discussing how the concept of the state is questioned within the Mexican context. Interestingly, Mexican road infrastructures resemble social structures close to Anand’s (2011) ethnography, where negotiations over constructing and controlling infrastructure… Continue reading Mexico’s Curiously Subtle Conflict

ACTIVISM AND THE STATE: ‘The Humane League’ raises questions about modern politics

Fig.1-from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQQaecFfMbM Last Sunday, I attended Vegan Life Live, a festival with a multitude of stalls, ranging from samples of ‘fish-less’ fingers to anti-McDonald’s campaigners. I was particularly interested in one stall, promoting sign-ups to ‘the Humane League’. Overhearing animal rights and activism, I was immediately intrigued. The ‘fast-action network’ promotes animal rights in major institutions… Continue reading ACTIVISM AND THE STATE: ‘The Humane League’ raises questions about modern politics

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