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Shobita Parthasarathy

( Sarewitz 1996 ). The private sector then capitalizes on the results of this scientific curiosity to develop socially beneficial technologies, which are made available in the marketplace. Key to this is the modern patent system: the government incentivizes

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David Owen

digital surveillance and biometrics in technologies of algorithmic governance that individualize border controls: “As megacities become ghost towns, and once-bustling airports grind to a halt, the virus has generated a puzzling new enigma of a globalized

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Barbara Prainsack

are not those that have the best technologies or most obedient citizens. It is those that have solidaristic institutions. Conclusion Pandemics do not automatically increase or decrease solidarity; the relationship between the two is complex in

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COVID-19 as method

Managing the ubiquity of waste and waste-collectors in India

Tridibesh Dey

visibility of the human subject is enacted in different ways, through multifarious technologies and across different scales and types of media, in order to effectively manage (and critique, reprimand) its ubiquity. The varied modes of visibilisation of human

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The Democracy of Everyday Life in Disaster

Holding Our Lives in Their Hands

Nancy L. Rosenblum

, neighbors are again called on to provide essentials: shopping for food and medicine or offering advice on technology to children struggling with remote schooling. Improvisation may give way to organized volunteerism by neighbors using networking and social

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Asma Abbas

wonders why we need buildings if there is technology so that all public university buildings can be privatized for a future of zombies, we are left to wonder how long before it is okay to say “if you can be a refugee, why do we need citizens?” Should we

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Louise Haagh

). Sanctions regimes reinforce use of new technology that exacerbates mechanisms of exclusion, as detailed by the UN Commissioner for Human Rights in his characterization of a new “digital welfare state” ( Alston 2019: 3 ). A related issue at stake is whether

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Visceral non-presence

Ethnography in the age of COVID

Jessica Brinkworth, Korinta Maldonado, Ellen Moodie, and Gilberto Rosas

is said in the interviews but also the affective relations that lead up to them. We miss place. We miss sensuous there-ness. We miss silences that are thick pauses (not panicked technology fails). We miss the smiles or frowns that might come up at

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Milja Kurki

, bacteria, and in symbiosis with technologies. And, these scholars point out, humanity as an abstract universal category is also historically constructed and contemporarily too constructed in complex negotiation with concrete beings: not all humans