Indigenous Knowledges Meet Internet Infrastructure: A Design Justice Approach
You are invited to join a livestream interview with Fernanda Rosa, Center for Humanities Research Associate for the 2022-2023 academic year, which will be live on the Center for Humanities YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/@virginiatechcenterforhuman8813/streams)
In this presentation, the goal is to problematize the design of internet interconnection infrastructure with Indigenous knowledges. Internet interconnection is what makes a network of networks possible, allowing our data to circulate online through paths that cross cables, data centers that we do not necessarily know where they are located. Network interconnection design is based on commercial values that neglect and prevent the participation of indigenous networks (Rosa, 2021), while being economically strategic for big tech to store their data in content delivery networks (CDNs) (Rosa and Hauge 2021) and be accessible to numerous users and networks at once. Considering that a more inclusive design in internet interconnection is possible, which values should shape this architecture? How different should they be to correspond to Indigenous practices and design experiences, specially Tseltal and Zapoteco people? This presentation will make the case for alternative communication architectures to express the practice of design justice in internet infrastructure.