From the Editors
VJ Um Amel
One of the challenges of studying technology is learning how to deconstruct the tools from the political ideologies held by those who develop them. As Timothy Mitchell explains in his book Colonising Egypt, the practice of science and systems of ordering national standards are modern projects that enable governments to maintain discipline and surveillance. A cog in the colonial project, the science of documenting every political act reflects a “tendency of disciplinary ...Keep Reading »
It has been fifteen months since the resignation of former President Hosni Mubarak in February 2011. Since then there has been a continued sense of leaderlessness and overall instability throughout Egypt. Over the last two days1, Egyptians have taken to the ballot box in what has become an historic presidential election. Hours since the voting polls have closed, the ballots are still being counted as Egyptians wait with bated breath. This race has been hard to predict up to ...Keep Reading »
Feminists and women of color for years have been making the intervention that materiality matters. Even in the digital world, the idea that data should be abstracted and free-floating serves to reinforce the authority of privileged, white male practices. For literary critic Katherine Hayles, "[This] leads to a strategic definition of 'virtuality.' Virtuality is the cultural perception that material objects are interpenetrated by information patterns. The definition ...Keep Reading »
VJ Um Amel is a media artist, PhD student, and the creator of R-Shief---a virtual lab that collects and analyzes content from the Internet using swarm computing generated analytics. Her practices include live video performance, visual art, digital art, and network analysis. She believes that a thriving art scene and digital literacy are keys to 21st century democratic practices.