This Center project explores the histories, contemporary forms, and conceptual and political implications of “cloud” and “crowd.” Without a doubt, crowd-sourcing, cloud computing, social media, and the rise of Big Data are implicated in powerful transformations in the fabric of our economic, social, and technical worlds. These shifts range from new senses of political possibility (as in the complex trajectory of the Arab Spring) to enhanced modes of crowd control; from collaborative platforms for innovation to the radical dispersal of labor; from new modes of visualizing ecological change to the reconfiguration of disaster relief.
Bringing into conversation scholars working at the leading edges of science and technology studies, history, social theory, and computing and engineering, this project creates a platform for critical, collective reflection on the rise of the cloud, and the return of the crowd, in different ways across the globe.
Project events will include working groups, an interdisciplinary conference, course development, and more. Watch this space for developments and opportunities to get involved.