Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology

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Future Histories: What Ada Lovelace, Tom Paine, and the Paris Commune Can Teach Us About Digital Technology

Room 920, Level 9
Melbourne Law School

Parkville campus

185 Pelham Street

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In her latest work Future Histories, Lizzie O’Shea argues that we need to stop looking forward and start looking backwards. Weaving together histories of computing and social movements with modern theories of the mind, society and self, O’Shea constructs a 'usable past' that help us determine our digital future.

What, she asks, can the Paris Commune tell us about earlier experiments in sharing resources – such as the internet – in common? Can debates over digital access be guided by Tom Paine’s theories of democratic economic redistribution? And how is Elon Musk not a visionary but a throwback to Victorian-era utopians?

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