MoMI is pleased to collaborate with Theorizing the Web on an ongoing biweekly series of events. In this installment, we present two provocative explorations of how online platforms can reinforce asymmetries of privilege and power. In “‘What Is Nextdoor For?’ Spaces of Imagining and Politics of Performing Community,” Keli Gabinelli investigates how the online platform Nextdoor demonstrates the way that imagined communities online are sustained through mechanisms of exclusion. Then, in “The Moralization of Predictivity in the Age of Data-Driven Surveillance,” Sun-ha Hong examines post-9/11 counterterrorism surveillance, and the longstanding biases and prejudices inherent in data-driven efforts to predict and preempt acts of terrorism.
The discussions are moderated by Zach Kaiser, followed by an audience Q&A.