Talk: A Postcolonial Genealogy of Facebook’s Internet.org
December 7, 2018
12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Integrative Learning Center
Room: Comm Hub
UMass Amherst Campus
In 2013, Mark Zuckerberg launched the internet.org initiative aimed at connecting “the next 5 billion”. While initially presented as a techno-humanitarian and development initiative, several commentators denounced the project as a commercial strategy seeking to expand Facebook’s reach in emerging markets.
In this talk, Dr Nothias outlines a critical genealogy of Facebook’s connecting mission at the intersection of postcolonial theory, media globalization and development studies. With a focus on the African contexts, he discusses how the processes
of experimentation and extraction appear central to Internet.org, just like they were to colonialism.
This lecture is a part of the Platform and Data Matters Seminar Series.
The Integrative Learning Center is located in the center of campus, between the campus pond and the Campus Center.