Island in the Net

Stefan Yong 1 The cultural history of the data centre in today’s Singapore begins with cyberpunk. But let’s be clear: it’s not that this marginal, paraliterary genre, pioneered by a handful of North American authors, succeeded in predicting the future — that is, our present. It’s instead that cyberpunk writing of the late 1980s and 1990s gave literary form to …

Cloud cosmogram

Maya Indira Ganesh and Johannes Bruder At the end of a two hour-long tour through the bowels of their brand new ‘server hotel’ near Basel, Switzerland, the CEO brought us back to the meeting room and signaled that he would now take questions. Our colleague raised his hand and asked, jokingly, if they were afraid that some of us would …

How data centres produce new topologies of territory and labour

Brett Neilson and Tanya Notley When people hear the term data center architectures they are likely to conjure images of large non-descript box buildings or perhaps of converted manufacturing warehouses. Far less likely will they consider the more opaque and hidden interior network architectures that connect machines inside data centers, even though these topologies are, operationally, much more influential. The …

The dispositiv of distribution and the geopolitics of data

Florian Sprenger With the rise of smart media, the internet of things, and ubiquitous technologies in the last decade, the power of calculation has been transferred from isolated, locally bound end-devices into environments on a large scale. ‚Everyware‘, as Adam Greenfield termed these technologies, operates spatially independent in a network and is at best context-sensitive on the basis of large …