Category: digital culture

Towards a Fossil-Free Internet: Divesting from Big Tech

Republished from Branch Magazine: Issue 3. The internet—essential to modern life and also the world’s largest coal-powered machine.  Like the shipping industry, packets zigzag across the globe and connect billions of people through a colossal distributed infrastructure we rarely see until it chokes, like a…

cover illustration of Branch Magazine issue 3

Branch Magazine: Issue 3

Branch Magazine is dedicated to uplifting fresh thinking for how to green the web technically, aesthetically and politically.  Themes in this issue include: solarpunk artifacts a vision for a fossil-free internet decolonizing innovation and the Green New Deal tech workers unionizing and saying no to fossil…

Thomas Wright's An Original Theory or New Hypothesis of the Universe (1750)

Tech as a temporary force multiplier

Cross-posting from a recent Twitter thread: In 2016, I started talking about IoT as an amplifier and multiplier of harms. At the time, focusing on connected devices seemed wise. The capabilities and ubiquity of smart devices was growing. Amazon Echo, for example, was just rolling…