Digital Migration: Refugees and the Digital Knowledge Economy
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摘要Mobile devices and digital media have shaped the movement of refugees into Europe and the social practices arising from this movement. People are using Facebook and WhatsApp for coordinating flight routes, to communicate with family and friends, to engage in emotional labor, and receive information on potential countries of settlement (Frouws, Phillips, Hassan, & Twigt, 2016). The use of technology by people fleeing conflict is not new. More than a decade of research has illustrated how refugees use mobile phones in detention centers (Leung, 2007) and digital media to create local and transnational networks and engage in politics (Gifford & Wilding, 2013; Harney, 2013; Leung, Lamb, & Emrys, 2009; Wilding, 2006; Witteborn, 2012, 2015). What has been distinct about the situation of refugees in Europe since 2015 is the fast development of digital initiatives tailoring their services towards the needs of the newcomers. The digital knowledge economy is shaping the movement and lives of newcomers and an excited, tech-savvy community is eager to serve the people through sharing computational skills. Digital initiatives and start-ups have become platforms for education and entrepreneurship for and by refugees, from providing access to computers, to hackathons, and offering coding courses. Two case studies will discuss the opportunities and the challenges that the digital knowledge economy and related practices create for refugees. One question will be how to include the local knowledge of the newcomers in the responses to these challenges and have this knowledge participate in shaping digital infrastructures and practices of production, consumption, and circulation of information related to migration.
著者WITTEBORN Saskia
會議名稱Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Connected migrants: Encapsulation or cosmopolitanism
會議開始日14.12.2016
會議完結日16.12.2016
會議地點Amsterdam
會議國家/地區荷蘭
出版年份2016
月份12
語言美式英語

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