The Digital Periphery: Technology, Migration and Racial Capitalism

Anti Dystopians #8 with Matt Mahmoudi

Wow, have we got an episode for you! This week, I talked to Dr. Matt Mahmoudi who just completed (~2 weeks ago!) his PhD in Development Studies at Cambridge University as a Jo Cox scholar in Refugee and Migration Studies.

We talked about his research into how technology is affecting migrant and refugee communities in New York City and Berlin, how seemingly innocuous technology, like free WiFi kiosks, can become de facto digital borders, what racial capitalism can tell us about Shoshana Zuboff’s “surveillance capitalism” (and if it’s really a “perversion” of capitalism), and if a decolonial neo-Luddite approach to tech is possible. Plus, why New York City should ban police use of facial recognition scan. 

As always, you can listen to it here or subscribe here (Spotify) or here (Apple Podcasts).


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