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The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty

Benjamin H. Bratton

Abstract

Planetary-scale computation presents a fundamental challenge to Modern geopolitical architectures. As calculative reason and as global infrastructure, it not only deforms and distorts Westphalian political geography it creates new territories in its own image, ones that don’t necessarily replace the old but which are superimposed on them, each grinding against the other. These thickened and noisy jurisdictions are our new normal. They are the scaffolds through which our cultures evolve through them, and they represent our most difficult and important design challenge. Computation is changing n ... More

Keywords: Design, Software and Digital Media, Geopolitics and Current Affairs, Architecture, Philosophy, Computer Science, International Relations, Anthropocene, Posthumanism, Software Studies, Political Science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262029575
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029575.001.0001

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Benjamin H. Bratton, author

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