12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Messy Glossary

Term

Digital Colonialism

Texts

Proposed by Vladen Joler (Glossary – Open Secret)

 

 

By digital colonialism, I understand the deployment of imperial power in the form of new rules, designs, languages, cultures and belief systems serving the interests of the dominant power. Traditional colonial practices of control over critical assets, trade routes, natural resources and exploitation of human labor are still deeply embedded in the contemporary supply chains, logistics and assembly lines of digital content, products and infrastructure.