Uncertain Archives (MIT Press) Nanna Thylstrup, Daniela Agostinho, Annie Ring, Catherine D’Ignazio, and Kristin Veel (eds) https://dusp.mit.edu/publication/uncertain-archives-critical-keywords-big-data
Jacobson, Kate, and Mél Hogan. “Retrofitted Data Centres: a New World in the Shell of the Old.” Work Organisation, Labour & Globalisation, vol. 13, no. 2, 2019, pp. 78–94. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.13169/workorgalaboglob.13.2.0078
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Energy and Society series (West Virginia University Press) , forthcoming, November 2019
Big Tech is increasingly ‘partnering with/enslaving’ nature in order to maintain and grow its operations while also demonstrating concern for the environment via large scale sustainable infrastructural developments. However, to green their cycles of production, Big Tech invests in infrastructure that not only sustains but also unwittingly serves to encourage consumption at a time of severe social and political unrest and environmental instability. In these material expansions, there is tremendous infrastructural, financial and political support for ongoing consumption and its embedded values: progress, innovation, and social transformation. In order to analyse this power dynamic, I argue that we must reconsider the scale, scope, and the various meanings and enactments of both indigenous and settler ecological thinking, and mediated ecologies, to better understand Big Tech in a rapidly changing environment. I propose the concept of ‘Big Data Ecologies’ to situate infrastructure at the centre of the discussion of neoliberalism within the rapid and global environmental transformations with which they are intertwined.