Energetics of Infrastructure in the Middle East

Feb 6 2024

In this blog post, Katayoun Shafiee reflects on the case of the Dez Dam in Iran highlighting the role of cost-benefit analysis as a technology of governance.

The politics of curriculum: Inflecting knowledge in computer science education

Jan 23 2024

Dr Benedetta Catanzariti reflects on her experience as an STS scholar embedded in a core undergraduate computer science program at the University of Edinburgh. By attending to the "curricular infrastructures" of computer science education, we can chart new paths towards reflexive socio-technical knowledge production.

The passenger terminal building at Suvarnabhumi International Airport and its representation of the Thai identity: a retrospective reflection

Jan 1 2024

Professor Noobanjong writes about the friction that arises in expressing Thai identity upon building a world-class airport symbolising a modern meeting-space between the global and the local.

Amok & Coding Back: A Decolonial Epistemic Framework

Dec 11 2023

In December 2022, three members of Twitter's Trust and Safety Council resigned in opposition to what they regarded as the company's failure to protect users from harm. In this post, one of those who resigned considers how such acts of refusal and resistance might help address AI's colonial harms.

Interference

Nov 20 2023

In this post, James Merron describes the tensions and contestations over registering, describing and organizing frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum, based on his ethnographic experience at the Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory (GRAO) just outside of Accra, Ghana.

Hearing the Planetary

Sep 25 2023

What can sound tell us about the future? Recounting his encounter with the Fjallsárlón glacial lagoon, Lukáš LikavĨan invokes a situated philosophy through the act of listening.

Fortune or calamity? A Thai perspective on ChatGPT

Sep 18 2023

By discussing Thailand’s take on ChatGPT with Prof. Soraj Hongladarom (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand), we can appreciate how different approaches to ChatGPT are less due to culturally diverging metaphysical interpretations of reality than due to culturally diverging relations to trust.

Challenges of flood control technologies on Kosi River in India

Sep 4 2023

Flood-control structures on rivers shape the experience of living with floods. In this post, Kanisha Singh reflects on the ambivalence around these structures – their promises and risks – on the Kosi River in India.

Different regimes of technosolutionism: AI and the development/underdevelopment dilemma in Brazil

Aug 21 2023

In this post, Guilherme Cavalcante Silva shows how technological solutionism in recent AI developments in Brazil is crucially affected by the question of dependency. He suggests that to deal with technology policy in peripheries, STS scholars need to address the social constitution of the very notion of development and underdevelopment.

Speculative Visions, a Decade Later

Aug 14 2023

This post reflects on changes in STS through a discussion of the tenth anniversary of UC Berkeley’s 2013 conference, “Speculative Visions of Race, Technology, Science, and Survival.”

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