Virtual Colonialism

Geert Lovink, Maya Indira Ganesh, Geraldine Juárez, Alan Mills speak on the topic of Hegemonic Media and Their Opponents

Hegemonic Media and Their Opponents

The panel discusses emerging forms of digital colonialism by companies like Facebook and Google, and reviews various examples of opposition.

Speakers: Geert Lovink, Maya Indira Ganesh, Geraldine Juárez, Alan Mills.

Companies providing Internet access to supplying infrastructures for the accumulation and organization of information shape ideologies, beliefs, and desires. The panel will discuss emerging forms of “digital colonialism” while looking into various examples of opposition and resistance. Can we confront the subtle and hidden forms of this new cultural hegemony? Who are (or aren’t) the new digital subalterns? Focal points of discussion include the defeat of Facebook’s Free Basics service in India, the politics of the Google Cultural Institute, and new transcultural forms of resistance.

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Relevant links:

Musical Reception of the JNU student protests – Article in “Scroll”:

[Scroll: Dancing to protests: Dubstep tracks inspired by JNU students Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid Student protests bleed into mass culture. In: scroll.in (Video). On: 15 Feb 2017. URL: https://video.scroll.in/804037/dancing-to-protests-dubstep-tracks-inspired-by-jnu-students-kanhaiya-kumar-and-umar-khalid/. Last viewed: 15 Feb 2016.]

@UmarKhalidNJU – JNU student activist Umar Khalid.

Ruhit Vemula Suicide – Article in “the India Express”:

[Sreenivas Janyala: Behind Rohit Vemula’s suicide: how Hyderabad Central University showed him the door. In: indiaexpress.com (India). On: 20 Jan 2016. URL: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/behind-dalit-student-suicide-how-his-university-campus-showed-him-the-door/. Last viewed: 15 Feb 2016.]

@nixxin – cofounder savetheinternet.in now internetfreedom.in.

Indian YouTube commedy channel All India Bakchod.

Geraldine Suarez Homepage.

More talks from the Transmediale 2017 on voicerepublic.com.

Transmediale is a regularly scheduled event of Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin.

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