After the Internet
November 2017, Polity
In the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations, and concern that the internet has heightened rather than combatted various forms of political and social inequality, it is time we ask: What comes after a broken internet?
Ramesh Srinivasan and Adam Fish reimagine the internet from the perspective of grassroots activists and citizens on the margins of political and economic power. They explore how the fragments of the existing internet are being utilised – alongside a range of peoples, places, and laws – to make change possible. From indigenous and non-western communities and activists in Tahrir Square, to imprisoned hackers and whistleblowers, this book illustrates how post-digital cultures are changing the internet as we know it – from a system which is increasingly centralized, commodified, and "personalized", into something more in line with its original spirit: autonomous, creative, subversive.
The book looks past the limitations of the internet, reconceptualizing network technology in relation to principles of justice and equality. Srinivasan and Fish advocate for an internet that blends the local concerns of grassroots communities and activists with the need to achieve scalable change and transformation.
Written by two highly respected scholars in the field, this compelling book is essential reading for anyone concerned with the quality and future of the internet.
- Introduction: After the Internet
- Chapter 1: Reimagining Technology with Global Communities
- Chapter 2: Hacking the Hacktivists
- Chapter 3: Media Activism: Shaping Online and Offline Networks
- Chapter 4: After the Clouds: Do Silk Roads Lead to Data Havens?
Adam Fish is Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University.
Arjun Appadurai, New York University
"In their engagingly written new book, After The Internet, Srinivasan and Fish boldly challenge the myths and dominant narratives, and offer a new way of seeing of the internet, "after the internet". The book is a venturesome and inspiring statement of the need to bring people and their voices back in a new, better, more inclusive internet."
Merlyna Lim, Carleton University
"Combining ethnographic sensibility with theory-driven critique and interventionist approaches, Srinivasan and Fish urge us to finally discard technospeak and platform centrism, and to rediscover the internet as an open network of people and places. A very timely and important book."
Patrick Vonderau, Stockholm University