An expedition beyond the screen
Throughout january, the students of the Interaction Design department have been investigating the impact of the internet on contemporary culture and how we are adapting to the shifting narrative on this key piece of our technological infrastructure.
4 groups have researched how the internet is intercepted, scaled, undeleted and alternated.
Everything you say and do can be intercepted. From a football player intercepting the ball, to mass surveillance online by big government organisations.Interception
When you delete a file it’s not really ‘deleted’. Your ‘deleted’ file is still present on your hard drive even do it’s difficult to retrieve. You could undelete a file but in which case is this necessary? A similar thing happens online with services like Facebook or Google. Your deleted files online are still in control of these services. Who decides what remains?
The scale and speed on which the internet makes human interaction possible is enormous and was never seen before the internet arrived. But humans are not the only ones who communicate via the World Wide Web. Bots are also constantly changing the internet we see every day. These changes are mostly invisible for normal human beings, but sometimes a bot likes your Instagram photo or answers your question on a customer service webpage. How big is this world of bots on the internet around us? On which scale do they impact the social, economical and political world we live in today and how will bots impact our future world?
The internet consists of alternatives: Facebook as an alternative to sending letters and pictures, Google Translate instead of a dictionary and WhatsApp rather than sending texts.
These alternatives go a lot further than just these examples. Think of illegal alternatives to Craigslist like the Silk Road, where you can buy drugs or hire a hitman. How do these alternatives come to exist and what are the reasons for people to create such alternatives?
source: Interaction Design Arnhem