The information society once come with a promise to restore information as commons. And yet, we continually face challenges in the privatization of culture and the commercialization and commoditization of information, communication and emerging technologies – including seemingly mundane everyday instruments such as social media, apps, Geoweb tools, as well as broader infrastructures and artefacts created to enlarge people’s powers and capacities (while potentially diminishing the capacities of others). Given the contemporary climate of communication as a struggle between the production and ownership of media and implications of disinformation, media manipulation, #fakenews, and longstanding global discrepancies in inclusion, access and e-quality, our next Geothink&Learn is focused on the political economies of information and technology. By political economy we understand all structures, hegemonies, and inequalities of power, production, distribution and consumption across different scales.
April’s installment of Geothink&Learn brings together a panel of experts in the fields of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), Communication Studies, Environment and Geography to discuss central questions of power, inclusion and equality which will shape the extent to which media, communications and emergent technologies can serve and respond to public interest and democratic culture.