February 9, 2017, 3:30-5:00 PM, China Hall

The emergence of new media and technological developments in the Third World have made possible new conditions and configurations, i.e., blurring nation-state boundaries, closing the distance and merging networks of populations, engendering (virtual) relationships, onto the development of an amorphous self. However, calls for cosmopolitan solidarity in the age of an information society have also been countered as yet another regime of capitalist rule: permeation by transnational corporations and outsourcing, the proliferation of feminized migration, the illicit operations of online sex tourism, onto the unravelling of technological citizenship. This panel’s line of inquiry hopes to untangle this dichotomy and outline instead a spectrum of inquiries and reflexivites on what new media and technology have indeed enabled, excluded, and ultimately meant to netizens and those who hitherto have yet to gain a foothold in the so-called “great equalizer” in the Third World.

Emmanuel Lallana
Raul Pertierra
Giovanni Tapang
Erwin Alampay