This is for everyone? Some steps towards decolonizing the Web


Ogden, Jessica, Halford, Susan, Carr, Les and Earl, Graeme (2015) This is for everyone? Some steps towards decolonizing the Web At Digital Divides Workshop at Web Science 2015, United Kingdom. 28 Jun - 01 Jul 2015.

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From the outset, the Web has been steered by powerful commitments to ‘openness’: in its technical requirements - open standards, protocols; and in the promotion of free and open information exchange. The mutual co-construction of conceptualisations of the Web as both an embodiment and facilitator of ‘openness’ is not without its problems, however. In this brief (deliberately provocative) discussion we explore ways in which treating openness as a ‘universal good’ ignores (and marginalises) diversity in cultural practice and obscures the structures of power and control embedded in the processes of the cultural appropriation of knowledge. In this way, questioning the Web’s ‘openness’ is a mechanism by which to explore the digital divide, the inherent politics of the Web as a socio-technical infrastructure and the historical processes that have led to its continued development.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Venue - Dates: Digital Divides Workshop at Web Science 2015, United Kingdom, 2015-06-28 - 2015-07-01
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Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology
ePrint ID: 397709
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July 2015e-pub ahead of print
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2016 13:47
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 02:28
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/397709

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