Dhanashree Thorat, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Mississippi State University
February 18, 12-2pm CST
Global Internet connectivity today relies on a network of fiber optic cable lines traveling underwater between continents. This talk traces the imprint of colonialism on this material infrastructure of the Internet from Victorian telegraph cable lines to data initiatives by modern-day Internet empires like Facebook. At stake are important issues of infrastructural sovereignty for postcolonial nations, and a broader question of who controls the infrastructure intended to deliver Internet access worldwide.
More information and registration: DH Forum, Feb. 18.