Internet and digital technologies have greatly impacted and sped up our ability to share and collaborate. From kickass torrents to kickstarter campaigns, digital platforms reshape our cultural and economic relationships, creating what media commentators term ‘social media’. Such social media practices of sharing and development are often also referred to as ‘open’, a term popularized by the open source software movement and generally used to describe the sharing of source code, prototypes or instructions, as well as modes of peer-to-peer production. In the past decade we have seen calls for ‘open leadership’ coming from top corporations and government agencies, over two-thirds of all offices have become open plan, and today ‘the cloud’ is sold to us as the new haven of technological openness; a revolution in computing without borders. Yet, these social media ‘revolutions’ often remain directed by the pursuit of profit, as one more means of making money out of other peoples’ innovations and experiences. This culture of sharing also increases the ease with which big businesses can appropriate innovation. Meanwhile, digital surveillance poses new challenges to privacy rights. My research is concerned with these intersections of creativity and commerce. Who gets to harness the potentials of digital technologies? How do digital technologies reshape political communication practices? What do the new social, economic and cultural values that emerge in a digital age have to tell us about both larger structures of power and everyday life?
Publications, Roundtables & Interviews
Feigenbaum, Anna & Alexander Feigenbaum “Gameful Pedagogy and Collaborative Learning: A Case Study of the NetsX project”
‘Occupy Innovation? A Roundtable on Open Source Tactics and Technologies‘ Rutgers University Feb 23, 2013 with Greta Hansen (123 Occupy), Josh MacPhee (Occuprint), Patrick McCurdy (University of Ottawa), Alessandra Renzi (University of Wisconsin), Todd Wolfson (Rutgers)
Feigenbaum, Anna. (2012) “Security for Sale! The Visual Rhetoric of Marketing Counter-Terrorism Technologies,” The Poster, 2:1, pp. 75-92.
Feigenbaum, Anna. (2011) “Container Technologies-Media and Social Change.” Fuse, 34:4, pp. 50-53