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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sep 25 2023
What can sound tell us about the future? Recounting his encounter with the Fjallsárlón glacial lagoon, Lukáš Likavčan invokes a situated philosophy through the act of listening.
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.
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.
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.
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.”