activities

infrastructure reading group

bi- weekly tuesday session 16:00 – 17:00 cest (once every two weeks)
facilitated by niels@criticalinfralab.net

meet up here: https://uva-live.zoom.us/j/6365963924
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April 2 author discussion with Peters, Petrov, and Sun-Ha Hong
April 16 – May 14 break (suggestion: read The Smartness Mandate)
May 28 – News from Germany & Technology of Empire // Introduction + Chapter 1
June 11 – News from Germany & Technology of Empire // Chapter 2
June 25 – News from Germany & Technology of Empire // Chapter 3
July 9 – News from Germany & Technology of Empire // Chapter 4
July 23 – News from Germany & Technology of Empire // Chapter 5
August 6 – News from Germany & Technology of Empire // Chapter 6
August 20 – News from Germany & Technology of Empire // Chapter 7
September 3 – News from Germany & Technology of Empire // Chapter 8
September 17 – News from Germany & Technology of Empire // Chapter 9
October 1st – News from Germany & Technology of Empire // Chapter 10
October 15th – News from Germany & Technology of Empire // Conclusion
October 29th – Telegraphic Imperialism – Introduction + Chapter 1 // The Apple II Age – Introduction
November 12th – Telegraphic Imperialism – Chapter 2 // The Apple II Age – Chapter 1
November 26th – Telegraphic Imperialism – Chapter 3 // The Apple II Age – Chapter 2
December 10th – Telegraphic Imperialism – Chapter 4 // The Apple II Age – Chapter 3
December 24th – Telegraphic Imperialism – Chapter 5 // The Apple II Age – Chapter 4
January 7th, 2025- Telegraphic Imperialism – Chapter 6 // The Apple II Age – Chapter 5
January 21st – Telegraphic Imperialism – Chapter 7 // The Apple II Age – Chapter 6
February 4th – Telegraphic Imperialism – Chapter 8 + Conclusion // The Apple II Age – Chapter 7
February 18th – The Apple II Age – Inconclusions + Epilogue
March 4th – European Objects – Chapter 1 and 2
March 18th – European Objects – Chapter 3 and 4
April 1st – European Objects – Chapter 5 and 6
April 15th – European Objects – Chapter 7 and 8
April 29th – European Objects – Conclusion

previous books read in this reading group:

  • balkan cyberia – viktor petrov
  • how not to network a nation – benjamin peters
  • technologies of speculation – sun-ha hong
  • the closed world – paul edwards
  • four internets – kieron o’hara & wendy hall
  • what is wrong with rights – radha d’souza
  • digital design and topological control – parisi
  • golden age of analog – galloway
  • countering the cloud – luke munn
  • medium design – keller easterling
  • reluctant power – rita zajác
  • between truth and power – julie cohen
  • the question concerning technology in china – yuk hui

activities

environment reading group

bi- weekly tuesday session 16:00 – 17:00 cet (once every two weeks)
facilitated by fieke@criticalinfralab.net

meet up here: https://uva-live.zoom.us/j/5689070082

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what we have read thusfar:

pollution is colonialism by Max Liboiron
myth of green capitalism by Katharina Pistor
from moore’s law to the carbon law by Daniel Pargman, Aksel Biørn-Hansen, Elina Eriksson, Jarmo Laaksolaht, Markus Robèrt
solarities; seeking energy justice by After Oil Collective
the value of a whale by Adrienne Buller
after geoengineering: climate tragedy, repair, and restoration by Holly Jean Buck
against crisis epistemology by kyle whyte
discard studies: wasting, systems, and power by Max Liboiron and Josh Lepawsky 
An alternative planetary future? Digital sovereignty frameworks and the decolonial option by Sebastián Lehuedé
‘Socialism is not just Built for a Hundred Years’: Renewable Energy and Planetary Thought in the Early Soviet Union (1917–1945) by Daniela Russ
Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador by Thea Riofrancos
The Security–Sustainability Nexus: Lithium Onshoring in the Global North by Thea Riofrancos
The Internet Shutdown and Revolutionary Politics: Defining the Infrastructural Power of the Internet by Michael Truscello

activities

infrastructural imaginaries workshop – montenegro

activities

green screen climate justice and digital rights workshop – costa rica

activities

the global harms of powering ai – towards a sustainable future of data use and governance @cpdp

Artificial Intelligence relies on data. Currently, we see a “bigger is better” mentality in both AI research and AI business models. This leads to ever more complex AI systems and massive data sets. But are they sustainable? Currently, the ensuing environmental, social and economic harms are ignored both by established data governance regimes and regulatory approaches such as the DSA/DMA, Data Act or AI Act. We have yet to find data governance approaches that adequately respond to the unsustainability of extractivist AI data collection and data processing and their underlying technical infrastructures. In this panel, we will discuss the global harms of AI systems and shortcomings of established data governance approaches, as well as new ideas for regulations geared towards more sustainable data governance and AI policies in an age where Artificial Intelligence is becoming a general-purpose technology.

the global harms of powering ai – towards a sustainable future of data use and governance @computers, privacy, and data protection (cpdp). View the panel here.