Felix Stalder (AT / CH)

SHARING AND SURVEILLANCE. TWO FEATURES OF NETWORK CULTURE

Technology does not determine society, but it alters the space of the possible in which conflicting agendas of social actors drive the actual transformation of society. I will focus on two dimensions of this new space of the possible: 'sharing' and 'surveillance'. These play an important role in nearly all activities that take place within it. While these are usually considered to be on opposite ends of the social spectrum, sharing being progressive and surveillance being repressive, they are better seen as mutually constitutive. Yet, depending on how, by whom and to what end these features of network culture are realized the social reality produced is vastly different.

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