Digital Decay and the Global Politics of Virtual Infrastructure

Jester, Natalie ORCID: 0000-0002-7995-3028 (2023) Digital Decay and the Global Politics of Virtual Infrastructure. E-International Relations.

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My work is based on the analysis of digital data. I began my PhD with an interest in the representation of identity and international security within online news, examining articles from the mainstream British press. I would carefully collect the URL for each article and dutifully put all of these in my reference. After my PhD, I stayed in the same vein, moving towards the examination of social media data. I came to this through a desire to look at the social media posts of arms manufacturers. I noticed that they had accounts on Twitter and thought that it would be be interesting to examine what they were saying and how. I began this project soon after submitting my PhD in 2019. The landscape is somewhat different now, and it is in this context that I reflect upon the issue of digital decay and the global politics of virtual archives, as well as key methodological issues of data preservation.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Digital data; Digital decay; Digital research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Nat Jester
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2023 15:50
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:24

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