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Digital Lives in the Global City

Digital Lives in the Global City

Contesting Infrastructures

Edited by Deborah Cowen, Alexis Mitchell, Emily Paradis and Brett Story

Published by: UBC Press

288 pages, 165.00 x 241.00 mm, 70 b&w photos, 3 maps, 2 charts, 4 tables

  • ISBN: 9780774862387
  • Published: September 2020


Digital technologies have changed the world, transforming how, where, and when we communicate, love, learn, re/create, produce, distribute, and consume. Digital Lives in the Global City examines the entanglements of urban life, investigating how urban land, governance, and economy are being remade by advancing communication technologies. Digital infrastructures connect people and places across vast distances, yet they also extend the working day into personal time and space, increasing the power of financial institutions, and enhance state and corporate surveillance capacities.

Digital Lives in the Global City intersperses critical scholarship with provocative short works from activists, artists, and citizens to engage with a wide range of issues wrought by digital infrastructure: struggles over unsafe and illegal buildings in Mumbai, the conditions of migrant work in Singapore, the question of digital debt in Toronto, and targeted policing in New York. This nuanced exploration reveals the profound connections between digital technologies and the social life of global cities.