Lizzie O’Shea discusses digital self-determination as a means to understand and resist some of the problems with big tech, using the rubric of Fanon’s work on self-determination. How can we have agency and create our own identity under the thumb of the big surveilling platforms?
Digital self-determination will involve:
- making use of the technical tools available to communicate freely
- designing information infrastructure in ways that favour de-centralisation
- designing online spaces and devices that are welcoming
I definitely like all the conclusions. At first blush, any comparison between colonialism and racism and the problems of digital platforms feels like it could be a little crass… but O’Shea explains her thinking and says she feels Fanon’s ideas are so strong that they can be applied to different times and situations.
Even in a technologically-saturated world, in which human beings are categorised, surveilled and discriminated against, it is possible for us to carve out space for our own identity and shape our destiny.
– Frantz Fanon Against Facebook: How to Decolonize Your Digital-Mind