Everyday, a large portion of humanity has in its hands the ability inequality to be connect and connect around the world. This includes entertainment, family and even broadcasts from corporations states, states, and even terrorist groups like the Islamic State.
The connected world has significant implications for the advancement of society and justice. For the world But so do the information infrastructures and media upon which this world is built. The idea to networking the world is over two centuries old.
While it’s always been the responsibility of governments It has now become the exclusive domain of the biggest. Corporations in the world such as Facebook, Google and, less well-known in the west China’s Tencent along with Baidu.
Profit, Freedom, And Inequality
As economic models that are that are based on consumption and markets expand into ever larger international regions. And taking over every aspect of daily life, corporate logics are taking over digital and media platforms.
Consider education as an example: there is a growing concern concerning school learning materials. That are increasingly offer not by the state but by companies. In the commercial media like Apple or Google.
In the past, Facebook faced civil society opposition in India in its attempt to establish. The Free Basics platform as a standard method of Internet access for the poorest of the population. But, the same trend is not a problem in African countries, which face more resources challenges.
Market forces have adapted the structure, regulation and prices of the platforms. That we use to connect with the world around us, declare our political views and develop. Our ideas for the future (as described, for instance in the Kevin Kelly’s work as a tech-evangelist).
In particular, in the Global North and also in the Global South. The media networks and protocols for communication that are the basis of media. Infrastructures are develop and manage by private corporate entities.
The direct technical authority over networks as well as protocols grants these entities authority that is essentially legal. Global platforms like Google, Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple each. With the largest market share in the world have correspondingly stronger and more extensive regulatory authority. But these platforms have thus have driven by one objective that is profit.
The story of growing global media networks is usually describe as if they were spreading. Freedom across the globe, in a wide and uniformly. However, when we ask about who is entitle to freedom the story becomes more complicate.
There are enormous disparities regarding access to basic media within nations as well as across continents. While elites from around the world are more well-connected across. The globe but this isn’t applicable to those working for them. Media systems can provide tremendous communications options to those. Who are able to communicate in Western languages, can speak English, and possess the required purchasing power.
Home Internet Connection
In Colombia the home Internet connection Inequality is price at 20% (US$48) from the wage minimum (US$217/month) making it out of the reach of many workers.
Justina who is who is a full-time domestic employee in Barranquilla, a city in Barranquilla We heard from her in an interview in the past that she should instead purchase the prepaid Tigo card for $1 in the corner shop that allows her to access the Internet for just 48 hours per day.
The inequality is even greater when it comes to media production. Although smartphones can give immigrants an image of the nation they would like to visit They will likely not be able to influence the way their arrival is perceive.
Media representations of the world’s challenges are drawn from only a small number of opinions. Our media system focuses on certain voices and exclude some others, including those of color and people with disabilities as well as women, migrants and girls.
Racially Diverse And Digital
From Hollywood in which 97% of directors are men and just 7% of the films are racially diverse and digital platforms where elites are constantly finding innovative ways to attract popularity and the media reveals an environment that is only inhabited by a handful of. The debate about access must consider the ways in which possibilities for creating content and exposure can be distribute more extensively.
It’s a myth people from rural areas, Indigenous people and the Global South aren’t keen on media and the digital age However, the media infrastructures today receive very only a tiny amount of information from these vast populations of people.
What would happen if the media infrastructure as well as digital media platforms had been develop with the diversity of communities languages as well as their needs and resources in their minds?
The result has the potential to transform such as in the case of Talea de Castro Indigenous community of southern Mexico created the Rhizomatica Administration Interface (RAI) an interactive graphic interface to create local cell phone networks that are adaptable to local information requirements languages, modes of communication.
However, more often the algorithms which determine what’s accessible to the users of digital platforms are driven by an advertising-base system that weakens diversity and replicates their social power of people in influence.