T127
Cloud Computing: New Social and Political Spaces
Convenor:
Langdon Winner (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Stream:
Tracks
Location:
130
Start time:
2 September, 2016 at 14:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

Systems of Cloud computing promise convenience and problem-solving power to individuals and groups that employ their services. But issues of autonomy, control, and privacy now loom as serious problems for public organizations that agree to the terms that often govern activity within the Cloud.

Long abstract:

Systems of Cloud computing promise convenience and low cost or not cost problem-solving power to individuals and groups that employ their services. Within schools, colleges, universities and other public organizations, the advantage of running programs and storing data on the Cloud is accompanied by widespread use of mini laptops and Chromebooks whose very functionality depends on remote servers and corporate agendas over which citizens, teachers and citizens in general have little or no influence. Within this alluring digital landscape issues of autonomy, control, and privacy have now arisen as serious problems for public organizations that agree to the conditions that govern activities and mentalities within the Cloud.