The emergence of the internet and digital culture has affected all societies globally, albeit unevenly. This website explores, explains and expands the global dimensions of digital culture, focusing on digital creativity and practices in the global South. It is curated by the MA students of the Studies & Topics in Digital Cultures modules, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

What students have said?

Our object of study is so “popular” yet remains esoteric. We dive into classic social theorists such as Deleuze, Goffman and Foucault, but welcome new thinkers from blogs and podcasts into our understanding.

Craig R.

We live in an extremely digitalized world, our digital traces are everywhere, we think we are invisible, but in fact we are not. In my opinion, Digital Surveillance is just a masked form of privacy infringement.

Yara E.

Robotisation does not happen overnight. As of now, it still needs workers to program and service robots because they cannot do it themselves… yet. And while history shows that attempts to resist change are mostly pointless, it is important to create change in a sustainable way with everyone involved.

Merle V.

The advent of digital media has provided users with a platform to curate their own content, therefore making products’ “authenticity” hard to predict. While I don’t believe that fake news has the power to erode our faith in reality completely, it does have a high chance of manipulating our perceptions.

Rabiah A.

While it is possible to tackle the digital divide, we can only do so by undergoing a huge shift in the way we design and distribute technology in the Global South. We need to more closely investigate three areas in this debate: design, infrastructure and digital literacy.

Louisa J.

To truly make a difference with the use of technological advancement, especially within the Global South, we must remove ourselves from our experiences in the West and create new experiences by immersing ourselves within local communities.

Sanam Y.

Not only can the internet be decolonised, it must be. By stating the opposite, the Global South would be giving up on an extremely sensitive issue and surrendering another field to the hegemonic powers.

Marcos O.

Commercial surveillance is an aggressive and evil form of capitalism. I believe user data needs to be protected in the global digital marketplace. The rate at which businesses and firms exploit our privacy, beyond their initial goals, is unethical.

Naomi D.

The digital economy has led to heteromation, rather than automation, wherein human labour is necessary to bridge the gap between humans and machines. With profit for an elite few being the main driver for AI and automation development, robots will continue to serve people, and for as long as this is the case, the need for human labour cannot be removed.

Tara G.

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