The cyber space is a non-neutral space of constant contestation. Multiple dualisms ensue; the individual and the space, the individual and the platform and the individual with their own self-image. It becomes really important, then, to critically engage with the space, decolonize it and reclaim it. The hyper presence of the algorithm in our daily lives means our awareness and engagement need to be active as much as it is theoretical. This reading group ensures just that. 

During the course of this reading group, we will look at the (in)justice which this contestation brings. Since the algorithm and its ensuing injustice are both ubiquitous, we will look at the various areas of human experience which they touch. The 10 areas detailed below grant us 10 sessions of discussion, and 10 opportunities to build a creative manifesto of the ideas discussed. The results of the discussion and the creative process will then be on display.

This reading group is initiated and curated by Abdo Hassan, as part of the Future based platform.


Past sessions:

1) On algorithmic (in)equality: GOVERNANCE / 19th November/ DSS Amsterdam

GOVERNANCE: On Automated Governance, the Death of Politics and the Psychotechnical state.


Upcoming reading sessions regarding On Algorithmic (In)equality:


2) HEALTH

Wellbeing and Technologies of the ‘self’

3) WORK

Glamour Labour, Unions and the Platform Economy.

4) IDENTITY

Digital dualism, cyborg-ism and the crisis of representation

5) LOVE

The Gamification of love and the subversion of intimacy

6) LIBERATION

Reflections on modernity, emancipation, and liberation in the digital age.

7) HISTORY AND ‘COLONIAL CONTINUITY’

Homophily and algorithms of the urban

8) KNOWLEDGE

On the uneven geographies of knowledge

9) ECOLOGY

On Human centered ecology and technosocial networks

10) ETYMOLOGY

On World Building and (Re)Defining algorithmic ecologies.

Graphics: Dana Dijkgraaf.