Data Centres as Impermanent Infrastructures

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Velkova , J 2019 , ' Data Centres as Impermanent Infrastructures ' , Culture machine , vol. 18 . < >

Title: Data Centres as Impermanent Infrastructures
Author: Velkova, Julia
Contributor organization: Centre for Consumer Society Research
Date: 2019
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Culture machine
ISSN: 1465-4121
Abstract: We are used to assuming that media infrastructures are made to last. This essay argues for taking impermanence as a point of departure in order to understand data centres’ power to reshape global and local peripheries into temporary nodes for value extraction, as well as the ways in which data centres influence the topography of global internet connectivity. By contrasting the discourses through which data centres are often represented in the media against their design and the wasteful materialities that underpin their operation, the essay opens up temporality and impermanence of data centres as a new theme for critical intervention that extends earlier discussions on the environmental impact of data centres, and their politics of territoriality.
Subject: 518 Media and communications
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: unspecified
Usage restriction: openAccess
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