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Item number: 107
Item title: Computationalism
Author(s) of the item: Syed Mustafa Ali
Year in which the item emerged culturally or was produced industrially: 2016
Entry of the item into the inventory: 19 December 2018

colonisation <-> computation
colonialism <-> computationalism

His [Martin Heidegger, PB] account might be extended to incorporate subsequent 'iterations' – and perhaps also intensifications – of the 'cybernetic turn' in the form of computationalism and the recent algorithmic shift to 'Big Data' etc., all of which arguably point to something essential, albeit historically-essential, about computing as technological-modernity when viewed from modernity's occluded, obscured and ignored 'underside'. It is not so much that computing has a colonial impulse, but rather, as decolonial thinkers might argue, that it is colonial through and through.

Syed Mustafa Ali, A Brief Introduction to Decolonial Computing (2016)