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Our Digital Rights to the City by Meatspace Press

digitalrights_cover‘˜Our Digital Rights to the City‘ is a small collection of articles about digital technology, data and the city. It covers a range of topics relating to the political and economic power of technologies that are now almost inescapable within the urban environment. The collection is edited by Joe Shaw and Mark Graham and its contributing authors are Jathan Sadowski, Valentina Carraro, Bart Wissink, Desiree Fields, Kurt Iveson, Taylor Shelton, Sophia Drakopoulou and Mark Purcell.

This collection of articles includes discussions surrounding security, mapping, real estate, smartphone applications and the broader idea of a ‘˜right to the city’ in a post-digital world. As stated by Mark Purcell:

The right to information signifies a declaration that we will no longer let our information be produced and managed for us, that we will produce and manage our information ourselves.


  • An informational right to the city? Joe Shaw and Mark Graham – University of Oxford
  • Access denied: Snapshots of exclusion and enforcement in the Smart City, Jathan Sadowski – Arizona State University
  • The Jerusalems on the map, Valentina Carraro and Bart Wissink – City University of Hong Kong
  • Rent, Datafication, and the Automated Landlord, Desiree Fields – University of Sheffield
  • Digital Labourers of the City, Unite! Kurt Ivesom – University of Sydney
  • Re-politicizing Data, Taylor Shelton – University of Kentucky
  • The #digitalliberties cross-party campaign, Sophia Drakopoulou – Middlesex University
  • The city is ours (if we decide it is), Mark Purcell – University of Washington

About Meatspace Press

Meatspace Press is a publishing project co-founded by Mark Graham and Joe Shaw. The name comes from the cyberpunk slang for the opposite of cyberspace: real life. In practice, we believe in no such binaries. The digital is material; real life is digital; and everything is meatspace.

The project came about as a way to communicate and distribute ideas related to the creators’ research to broader audiences. A lot of academic research remains behind a wall of dense text and closed journals, that are rarely going to connect to people beyond university circles. With that in mind, they decided to turn to the classic format of the pamphlet and a Do-It-Yourself ethic. So far, they have published two short pamphlets on themes of digital technology, labour and society.