Values, Power, and Politics in Digital Infrastructures Minitrack

This minitrack will explore the themes of values, power, and politics in relation to the infrastructures that support digital data, documents, and interactions. By considering how infrastructures – the underlying material properties, policy decisions, and mechanisms of interoperability that support digital platforms – are designed, maintained, and dismantled, the work presented in this mini-track will contribute to debates about sociotechnical aspects of digital and social media, with a focus on data, knowledge production, and information access. This session will focus on research that employs techniques such as infrastructural inversion, trace ethnography or design research (among other methods) to explore factors that influence the development of infrastructures and their use in practice.

We welcome papers considering topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Politics and ethics in digital platforms and infrastructures
  • Values of stakeholders in digital infrastructures
  • Materiality of values, power, or politics in digital infrastructures
  • Tensions between commercial infrastructures and the needs of communities of practice
  • Maintenance, repair, deletion, decay of digital and social media infrastructures
  • Resistance, adoption and adaptation of digital infrastructures
  • Alternative perspectives on what comprises infrastructures

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Katie Shilton (Primary Contact)
University of Maryland, College Park

Jaime Snyder
University of Washington, Seattle

Matthew J. Bietz
University of California, Irvine

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