The “myth of digital universalism” manifests not only in the means by which it keeps public narratives and imaginations fixed exclusively around so-called “centres” of innovation, but in the means by which it simultaneously discourages attention to digital dynamics beyond such centres—a dynamic conjuring colonial relations to data and the periphery that reporters and scholars of global digital cultures alike must be wary of reproducing.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Data Journalism Handbook
Subtitle of host publicationTowards A Critical Data Practice
EditorsLiliana Bounegru, Jonathan Gray
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9789048542079
ISBN (Print)9789462989511
StatePublished - Mar 23 2021


  • digital universalism
  • local innovation
  • decolonial computing
  • colonial relations
  • periphery
  • centre


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