#micronetworks — Blockchain and technological desire
#micronetworks is a public conversation about the future of networked communication.
The emergence and evolution of distributed, blockchain-based global communication protocols raises important questions about how cultural producers can participate and thrive in digital systems.
Early 21st century communication platforms like Google and Facebook have stabilized their business models around the monopoly of behavioral data and user identity. Their dominance has contributed to a digital economy based almost exclusively on the constant exchange between human attention and advertising targets.
Blockchains, cryptocurrencies, tokens and their resulting networks of interest and investment represent the beginning of a new conversation about information architectures.
Sandra Coelho is a researcher at the Research Centre in Economic and Organizational Sociology, of the Lisbon School of Economics. She is a PhD student in Economic Sociology (ISEG-IUL), has a MA in Development Studies (ISCTE-IUL) and a BA in Journalism (ESCS-IPL).
She is currently doing research on the field of the Social Studies of Finance, namely on the politicization of finance and financial technologies. Sandra is part of the team of the research project Finance Beyond Fact and Fiction: Financial Transformations in Post-2008 Europe.
Recorded in September 2017 in Lisbon, Casino da Trafaria.