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[liberationtech] CFP for AAG 2013: Digital Divides, Digital Domination and Digital Divisions of Labour

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Sun Sep 2 12:48:27 PDT 2012

Call for papers: Digital Divides, Digital Domination, and Digital Divisions
of Labour
Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting
9-13 April 2013
Los Angeles, CA

Monica Stephens, Department of Geography, Humboldt State University
Mark Graham, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Alan McConchie, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia

The Web is massively uneven in terms of participation and representation. A
small number of people are both powerful gatekeepers and produce the bulk
of content, while the voices of the majority are largely left out. These
phenomena are not unique to the geoweb; geographies of information and
knowledge have always been uneven and have always been produced by (and
have been producers of) power and privilege.

Although many speculated that the Internet would offer the potential for
reconfigurations of these patterns, we increasingly see that digital
divides often just reproduce, replicate, and reinforce earlier offline
geographies. This unevenness increasingly matters as online information
augments and is woven into everyday life.

However, the particular asymmetries in the representation and production of
spatial information on the geoweb remain opaque and often hidden. This
session will focus on the geographies, networks, and power relations of the
digital inequalities of the geoweb. We hope to attract research at a range
of scales (from the household to the national level) and contexts. Possible
topics could include:

- Gatekeepers of digital information
- Demographic or geospatial inequalities
- Invisible exploitation of virtual labor
- Quantitative studies of geoweb representation
- Qualitative studies and virtual ethnographies
- Studies of normative assumptions built into geoweb tools and platforms
- Studies of racialized, gendered, or otherwise exclusionary geoweb spaces
- Differences in internet accessibility (i.e. mappings of broadband or
wireless penetration)

Please email abstracts of 250 words to Monica
(Monica.Stephens at, Mark
(mark.graham at, and Alan (alan.mcconchie at before
October 10th, 2012.  This session will be part of #GEO/CODE 2013: Geoweb,
Big Data and Society
by the New Mappings Collaboratory <>.
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