Notes | Critical Commentary Decolonial Computing and Networking Beyond Digital Universalism

Posted on Sep 29, 2021

ISSN: 2380-3312 | Author(s): Anita Say Chan| Date: 2018


Anita Say Chan presents the decolonial interventions and critiques of global knowledge production that asserts Western thought as “universal scientific truths”. She then walks us through how these interventions work to disrupt the dominant framework and how, given the instability of Western liberalism, now is the time for new, alternative political imaginaries.

Quotes and Observations

“As such, decolonialists posed the significance of how cultivating a politics of decentralization -[sic] and a de-centering of the self as expert and knowledge practitioner – might offer an affront to modernity’s domination and its politics of self-replication through the occupation of other epistemologies” (2)

“Imagining technological futures with and in between the interfaces of the diverse forms of knowledge practice that come alive among them – and that can come together across differences, rather than in spite of it – instead becomes a key resource for imagining new digital futures (Tsing, 2005)” (3)

References to Read

Dominguez, R. (1998) “Digital Zapatismo.” Thing. net. March 20. Accessed from:…

Philip, K., P., Irani, L. & Dourish, P. (2010). Postcolonial computing: A tactical survey. Science,Technology, & Human Values. 37(1), 3–29.

Smith, E. A. (2016). “Zapatismo in Cyberspace: an interview with Ricardo Dominguez,” Jan. 24. Accessed from:…

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