Category: Science and Technology

How to make contrails

I finished reading Doris Lessing’s book of essays Prisons We Choose to Live Inside today. It is only 76 pages long, and it contains the essays Lessing had written for the 1985 Massey Lectures. In one of the essays called Group Minds — which is an observation of how hard one would be able to […]

No more whoopsies

I came across this very insightful talk by Ethan Marcotte called the World Wide Work, in which he talked about automation, power, justice, and labour in the tech industry. They all might be big words to some of you, but because this is because they are just as important, and Ethan made some good points […]

Hope is participatory

Seth Globepainter in Bordeaux, France I have been contemplating whether I should write the reasons why I decided to pursue a PhD following this post last week. Among the questions that popped up in my head was, to whom I owe these justifications to? Of which the answer clearly was: No one. But I read […]

New kind of poorly paid hell

Edited FoodPanda logo with angry eyes and a hand balled up in a fist as a counter-narrative to the company’s initial logo (‘mogok’ stands for ‘strike’ in Malay) In this week’s We’ve Had Enough of Greedy Employers Who Overwork and Underpay People, and in today’s extension of how much you should care, as Malaysian FoodPanda […]

On technocolonialism

I read this very brilliant paper on technocolonialism, essentially the idea that the current digital and data practices are complicit in reinvigorating and reshaping colonial relationships of dependency. The scope within this paper revolves around the humanitarian work in response to the recent refugee and migration crisis. I have always been interested in the sorts […]

The dangers of playing God

Frankenstein observing the first stirrings of his creature. Engraving by W. Chevalier after Th. von Holst, 1831. Featured as frontispiece to the 1831 edition of Shelley’s novel — Source: Wellcome Library via Public Domain Review On Mary Shelley’s birthday today, I am currently reading the annotated edition of Frankenstein, 22 years after reading it for the […]

On borders and digital agency

Been researching on borders, immigration, and digital agency since last week and felt compelled to share some resources I came across in today’s post: The very insightful book Violent Borders, of which I tore through in two days. The book posits the idea that borders are inherently violent constructs, and that they are “a governmental […]