New Geographies of Knowledge

Emerging technologies are dramatically expanding the opportunities that individuals have to communicate their knowledge and views to global audiences. However, digital divides continue to shape who has meaningful access to technologies, and what information those users can successfully communicate. New forms of digital politics, from disinformation campaigns to the inclusion of socio-cultural biases within digital architectures, thereby help to govern the types of knowledge that are included (or excluded), made visible (or invisible), and given authority (or marginalized) across different digital spaces. These processes have the potential for empowerment or the production of new inequity. In response to these dynamics, we examine how information technologies, practices, and organizations shape the emergence of new geographies of knowledge, with an emphasis on developing applied projects to support local and Indigenous ways of knowing.

  • How are digital technologies and methods being used by different populations to represent and communicate information in order to push for social change?
  • How do digital technologies encourage or discourage interactions between different types of knowledge?
  • What digital tools and applied methods can be designed to support local and Indigenous knowledge?

Projects

People & Organizations

  • Research Team
  • Jason Young, Senior Research Scientist, Information School