In the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations, and concern that the internet has heightened rather than combated various forms of political and social inequality, it is time we ask: what comes after a broken internet?
Ramesh Srinivasan and Adam Fish reimagine the internet from the perspective of grassroots activists and citizens on the margins of political and economic power. They explore how the fragments of the existing internet are being utilized - alongside a range of peoples, places, and laws - to make change possible. From indigenous and non-Western communities and activists in Tahrir Square, to imprisoned hackers and whistleblowers, this book illustrates how post-digital cultures are changing the internet as we know it - from a system which is increasingly centralized, commodified, and "personalized," into something more in line with its original spirit: autonomous, creative, subversive.
The book looks past the limitations of the internet, reconceptualizing network technology in relation to principles of justice and equality. Srinivasan and Fish advocate for an internet that blends the local concerns of grassroots communities and activists with the need to achieve scalable change and transformation.
Ramesh Srinivasan is Associate Professor in Information Studies and Design & Media Arts at UCLA. Adam Fish is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University.
Contents Introduction: After the Internet Chapter 1: Reimagining Technology with Global Communities Chapter 2: Hacking the Hacktivists Chapter 3: Media Activism: Shaping Online and Offline Networks Chapter 4: After the Clouds: Do Silk Roads Lead to Data Havens? Conclusion References Index