Decolonizing Knowledge, Decolonizing the Internet

 

« For us this is what it means to decolonize the Internet. We see ourselves, I guess, as « social justice hackers, » hacking at the structures of power and privilege together. And this may feel like a zero sum game to some, but not to us. In truth, I think about decolonizing at the heart of true empowerment. In many ways, the crisis of violence and injustice that we face today feel like they are rooted in a hidden crisis of unknowing. Of not knowing each other as fully and as well as we could or should. So whether as women, or non-binary folks, as people of color, as indigenous communities, and whether as white folks, or as men, as those who are cis and heteronormative–those who already feel relatively privileged–for all of us, decolonizing is a way of talking openly about whose stories get told. Whose faces get seen. Whose bodies and ideas are protected and amplified. And through this process, to create powerful, radical new ways of knowing each other and being with each other. »


Anasuya Sengupta’s Opening Plenary and Keynote at DLF Forum

Published by Digital Library Federation (DLF) on October 19, 2018

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