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How does one talk about looking for drugs in a forest?

In a previous article, I discussed the curious entanglement between the Hydra online drug marketplace and post-soviet urban planning. This peculiar business model requires not only physical and online infrastructure, but also new language to accommodate for all the creative activity taking place due to this platform and the specific experiences of drug users in the former Soviet Union it produces. This…

QWERTY but write it in Arabic

2020 has been a year marked by conversations about racism and colonialism taking their rightful place in the mainstream. So the convergence of conversations about racism in society and racism in technology is of no surprise. And Eurocentrism of digital media. People have compared facebook’s global expansion to colonialism, noting the similarities in savior narratives, references to themes of equality, democracy, basic…

How to Buy Drugs Online, Fast

It’s become an image familiar to many by now – rows of identical prefab high-rises along wide streets as if towering over each other, as far as the eye can see, strips of what only can be greenery for 3 months in a year or so in between.  Whether in Cold War-esque movies and video games or soviet nostalgia, this specific implementation…