Shannon Lecture with Katherine Cook, “There is no ‘net neutrality’ in digital archaeology”

November 23, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Location:2017 Dunton Tower
Cost:Free

The lecture will take place in room 2017 Dunton Tower (20th floor) starting at 1:00 p.m. followed by a reception at 2:30 p.m.

Katherine Cook, Université de Montréal – Nov 23  

There is no ‘net neutrality’ in digital archaeology

Colonisation, at its core, is the extraction of resources from those without power. What then gets extracted in digital colonialism and what does this have to do with archaeology in Canada? Considering the critiques, questions, and fallout regarding digital corporations, capitalism, and politics over the course of the past year, we are ever more acutely aware of the much darker underbelly of the digital world. Yet we still act as if digital technology is ‘the answer!’ to solving those ‘Great Challenges’ facing archaeology today, namely the lack of equity, inclusivity, access and the unwavering manifestations of (neo)colonialism. This discussion will consider the realities of digitally disrupting archaeology, the opportunities it presents but also the dangers it poses to argue that not all data, not all audiences, and not all archaeologists are treated equal in digital practice. Digital archaeology will not save us from bad archaeology, so we must decolonize the digital first.