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Friday Lecture - Nishant Shah: The insidiousness of Information Overload: Or how, we gave up on governing the Internet and started governing ourselves

Info about event

Time

Friday 2 December 2022,  at 14:15 - 16:00

Location

Aarhus University

Photo: Image of Nishant Shah, @ArtEZ University of the Arts

The event is hybrid. If you register for attending online the Zoom link will be send to you 1-2 day before the Lecture, if you have signed up for that part.

If you attend on sight the venue is: Peter Bøgh Auditorium, Finlandsgade 21, 8200 Aarhus N - and you do not need to sign up for it.

Join us for this Friday lecture with Prof Nishant Shah who will argue that Information Overload is not just a management challenge but produces new ontologies of digital subjectivity which is premised on a diminished agency for self-identification, negotiation, and agency in contemporary digital times.

This event is part of Friday Lectures by Dept. Digital Design and Information Studies and all are welcome.

 

The insidiousness of Information Overload: Or how, we gave up on governing the Internet and started governing ourselves

The democratization of the Internet is the story of access, engagement, production, and circulation of information, where we have enjoyed and celebrated the ways in which tools of information production have shaped the overwhelmingly rich tapestry of information that is out digital ecosystem. Even when we realise that the rise of granulated information systems is accompanied by growing problems around questions of privacy, safety, security, and risk, we continue to believe that the information excess, in itself, is a desirable state of things. Drawing from a fractured time-line of Internet governmentality in India (and the rest of the world), I show how Information Overload is not just a management challenge but produces new ontologies of digital subjectivity which is premised on a diminished agency for self-identification, negotiation, and agency in contemporary digital times.

 

Bio:

Nishant Shah is an endowed professor of Aesthetics and Cultures of Technology at ArtEZ University of the Arts and Radboud University, The Netherlands. He is a knowledge partner with Oxfam Novib, on Narrative Change practices, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society, Harvard University, and collaborates with Point of View, Mumbai on questions of gender, technology, and social justice.