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Doctoral Dissertation Research: The Economic and Socialcultural Effects of Developing Cyber-Infrastructure for Global information Storage in Iceland

General

Project start
01.01.2015
Project end
31.12.2016
Type of project
ARMAP/NSF
Project theme
Society, economy and culture
Project topic
Culture & history

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Iceland
Fieldwork region
Iceland
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 64.001114, -22.551945

Fieldwork start
01.06.2015
Fieldwork end
30.09.2015

SAR information

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Iceland
Fieldwork region
Iceland
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 64.15, -21.95

Fieldwork start
01.10.2015
Fieldwork end
31.12.2015

SAR information

Project details

13.11.2018
Science / project plan

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Science / project summary
This research is the dissertation project of Alix Johnson, PhD candidate at the University of California Santa Cruz. Ms. Johnson's research will investigate how the increase in private and public investment in global information infrastructure in Iceland affects social-cultural, economic, and governance systems, as well as national identity. Information technology and trade is often proposed as a solution to the economic challenges of many rural Artic communities. The research has the potential to inform other Arctic communities about the societal impacts of information technology as an approach to economic self-sufficiency in the north. This project will examine a range of ongoing efforts by private and public entities to make Iceland an "information haven" - an attractive location for storing data from around the world. By building data centers, founding start-ups, and passing "information-friendly" legislation, Icelanders hope to carve out a national niche and attract global data to Icelandic infrastructure. The project will explore how the development of this new infrastructure is changing local Icelandic livelihoods and senses of national identity. Juxtaposing the globalization of information with nationalism and sovereignty, identity and place-making is a new look at these processes in the Arctic, processes that Arctic communities will see more of in the coming decades.
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