Finding time in a future Internet

Abstract

In contemporary discourse, technological time is generally articulated as interface speed, human memory, or user attention. Philosophers of technology such as Bernard Stiegler and Paul Virilio, software studies scholars such as Wendy Chun and Alex Galloway, and sociologists such as Barbara Adam and Manuel Castells all suggest that the time of technology is bound with the cultural, political, and economic structure of contemporary society. What these fields leave relatively undertheorized is how technology is built in relation to concepts of time. This paper supplies an answer, derived from interviews and document data regarding a real-time videoconferencing application named Flume, which runs on Named Data Networking (NDN), a NSF-funded Future Internet Architecture (FIA) project that is currently underway.

Author Biography

Britt Paris, University of California, Los Angeles Department of Information Studies
Britt S. Paris is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA, working largely in the field of critical informatics. She engages in fieldwork and critical discourse analysis to study how groups understand, build, and use Internet infrastructure according to their value systems. She has published work on Internet infrastructure projects, search applications, digital labor and civic data analyzed through the lenses of critical, feminist, and postcolonial theory, and philosophy of technology.
Published
2018-08-28
How to Cite
Paris, B. (2018). Finding time in a future Internet. First Monday, 23(8). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v23i8.9407