March 31: RESISTING OPTIMIZATION

Hong Kong Protests

How might individuals or communities — or entire societies — resist surveillance, data capture, planned obsolescence, compulsory connectivity and productivity and other impositions of “surveillance capitalism”? At what scale, or what level of the “network stack,” might they meaningfully intervene? How might their subjectivities inform the politics — and particularly the risks — or their resistant action? What verbs are used to describe these actions — avoidance, non-use, resistance, refusal, “dark sousveillance” (Simone Browne), obfuscation, etc. — and what are their implied politics?

Lab: As we discuss the readings, Emily will introduce us to various cartographic and mediated strategies for resistance.

To be reviewed for today’s class:

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