The ‘Bit List’ of Digitally Endangered Species

The DPC’s ‘Bit List’ of Digitally Endangered Species is a crowd-sourcing exercise to discover which digital materials our community thinks are most at risk, as well as those which are relatively safe thanks to digital preservation.

Une initiative de la Digital Preservation Coalition à explorer ici  

Digital Countercultures and the Struggle for Community

By Jessa Lingel (parution aux MIT Press en avril 2017)
Résumé Whether by accidental keystroke or deliberate tinkering, technology is often used in ways that are unintended and unimagined by its designers and inventors. In this book, Jessa Lingel offers an account of digital technology use that looks beyond Silicon Valley and college dropouts-turned-entrepreneurs. Instead, Lingel tells stories from the margins of countercultural communities that have made the Internet meet their needs, subverting established norms of how digital technologies should be used.

Lingel presents three case studies that contrast the imagined uses of the web to its lived and often messy practicalities. She examines a social media platform (developed long before Facebook) for body modification enthusiasts, with early web experiments in blogging, community, wikis, online dating, and podcasts; a network of communication technologies (both analog and digital) developed by a local community of punk rockers to manage information about underground shows; and the use of Facebook and Instagram for both promotional and community purposes by Brooklyn drag queens. Drawing on years of fieldwork, Lingel explores issues of alterity and community, inclusivity and exclusivity, secrecy and surveillance, and anonymity and self-promotion.

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L’institut Pasteur et les réseaux africains

Alors que l’histoire du développement d’Internet en Afrique reste encore largement à écrire, mais aussi celle des collaborations internationales nouées dans ce domaine, cet exposé des activités de réseau de l’Institut Pasteur que Laurent Bloch a présenté à Addis Abeba en 1995 offre un passionnant tour d’horizon des pratiques, enjeux, limites et idées alors en vigueur dans ce domaine.

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