[off.networks] Field Notes and Introduction
- Ileana Apostol
- 2015-02-04 @ 17:15
Below I introduce myself and also answer briefly Minuette's three
I am an urban researcher currently based in Zurich, Switzerland, and
co-founder of the nonprofit organization nethood.org. My research
interests regard in general the spatial production in the information
age, and the right to the hybrid city.
1. What are Off Networks? Conceptually, the on-off dichotomy doesn't
seem to work in all cases as previously mentioned - is a beside- para-,
sub-, alter- or hybrid thereof?
Indeed to me the 'off' denotes hybridity. As my preferences incline
toward a mix of online (global) and face-to-face (proximity) encounters
and communication, I see off-line technology playing an important role
as 'triangulator', stimulating exchanges between strangers in (hybrid)
spaces for public life.
2. Why are Off Networks necessary today?
Three main points (among many other reasons): for common activity and
exchanges with people located in physical proximity, having the
potential to build trust and shape some sense of community; for privacy
and anonymity; for customization according to local specificity.
3. What are the current blindspots, words of caution? (ease of use,
precarity, instability? Any specific accounts of what can go/went wrong)
Again three points :o) : digital divide; technically non-savvy users;
potential misuse of anonymity, of costly enforcement of rules/control,
I look forward to staying in touch through this list and also in future
face-to-face meetings :o)
Ileana Apostol, PhD