The future of internet governance is as diverse as its users. As the internet continues to evolve and become increasingly ingrained in our lives, the need for effective governance becomes more apparent. However, given the global nature of the internet and the wide range of users it serves, achieving consensus on internet governance can be a complex and challenging task.
Digital colonialism refers to the dominance and exploitation of digital platforms, services, and technologies by powerful entities, typically from developed countries, over less developed regions or communities. It involves the control and influence over digital infrastructure, data, and communication channels, often resulting in economic, cultural, and social inequalities.
This episode features Esther Mwema, an artist who questions Big Tech (like Facebook and Google) in Africa, through literary fiction, abstract art, and poetry.
Esther explores imagination as a starting point of decolonization, her activism around girls’ safety in online spaces, and how corporations perpetuate colonial structures and histories.
(*) Olaudah Equiano was a writer and abolitionist. Learn more.