Public, non-profit attempts for universal Wi-Fi have been attempted as a counter proposal to private ownership. Yet, the resources available to build infrastructure (e.g., Googleplexes) is difficult competition. The ability for the public to engage so deeply in these technologies is correlated to its affordances. Alternatives that allow affordances without such sacrifice of privacy, surveillance and loss of data control is what Andrejevic argues should prevail. Digital enclosures are regimes of power and control over users, rather than sources of freedom and autonomy and continue to be contested.
We officially launched the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities yesterday! James Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation gave a brilliant speech with strong opinions on creativity, culture, and online content (which you can read the full text of). we are eagerly awaiting responses from cultural and heritage institutions, making the case for freely available digital [...]