Date of Award

1-1-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Emergent Digital Practices

First Advisor

Conor McGarrigle

Keywords

computers, digital democracy, embodiment, infrastructure, internet, public sphere

Abstract

Alternative networking is a growing field of study and practice due to advancements in computer networking hardware, and software protocols. Methods of integrating alternative networking configurations into infrastructure present enhanced forms of empowerment and embodiment for participants. Through an analysis of multiple hardware and software examples, this research suggests that practices of sharing and collaboration, which are embedded in the history of computer networking, have the potential to reinvigorate the notion of a virtual public sphere, and support the ideals of digital democracy.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Philip McGillis Bain

File size

105 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Information technology, Computer science, Mass communication

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