Talk: A Postcolonial Genealogy of Facebook’s Internet.org

Event Details

December 7, 2018
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Integrative Learning Center

Room: Comm Hub

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Contact:
Jonathan Corpus Ong
413-545-1311

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. 

 

Directions:

The Integrative Learning Center is located in the center of campus, between the campus pond and the Campus Center.