Digital Life

How are modes of governance within institutional settings shaped by digital media of organization?

The Digital Life research program advances critical inquiry into computational conditions that organize the world. Our research develops empirically informed concepts that explain how automation transforms economy and society. Specifically, the Digital Life program examines how power is generated within and by digital infrastructures, systems, operations and practices. How, in other words, might the operational logic of digital technology furnish concepts of power able to describe and explain the empirical world? The objective here is to establish empirical coordinates that provide an analytical basis for populating disciplines in the humanities and social sciences with a conceptual vocabulary coextensive with contemporary technological conditions. Such work necessarily involves engaging with computer science, mathematics and design, among other disciplines, in addition to industry experts. We have a special interest in developing digital methods for social and cultural research. Our work informs questions of city design, digital economy, infrastructure provision, mapping digital capacities and the socio-cultural aspects of young people’s technology use. We work with partners from all sectors, including not for profit organisations, academic institutions and companies in the tech-sector.