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Digital degrowth alternatives and AI resistance narratives

Compatibility with degrowth objectives (simply referred to as a radical redistribution of wealth and power) asks for a post-digital framework to address the myth of digital universalism, platform culture, data capitalism, technological nihilism and other tech-adversaries. We seek to explore the digital degrowth alternatives, namely prospects of a digital tech deal among regional narratives, communities and agendas of “colonisation with love” in order to map the existing alternatives (if any) and AI resistance tactics embedded within the framework of “digital degrowth”. Supposed dematerialisation narratives of planetary-scale computing (cyberspace, cloud, wireless infrastructure) need to be tackled within materiality of the digital techno sphere and its hidden infrastructures that usually remains invisible and outside the public debate. As a complex interaction between technology and environment becomes increasingly pervasive and adverse (Lovink, 2022), political tech-awareness should be rooted in the media-materiality discourses, (new) concepts of extractivism (Joler, 2022) and post-digital scopes in education (Jandrić et al.) to reconfigure the omni-present techno-social environments. Finally, we are to discuss whether existing “thinking tools” (digital commons, Green Tech, People’s Tech etc.) for addressing epistemic violence of data-driven ecologies of growth-based capitalism are present and equally distributed among regional activists, moreover, if those initiatives and networks have capacities to thrive while relying on these digital degrowth alternatives.


Day: 2023-08-31
Start time: 13:00
Duration: 00:15
Room: ZV-8-9
Type: Paper Presentation
Theme: Technology and science for degrowth


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