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Beyond the visible autonomy: autonomy in relation to the cyber sovereignty, virtual and spatial practices

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Publication date19/03/2014
Host publicationReal virtuality: about the destruction and multiplication of world
EditorsUlrich Gehmann, Martin Reiche
Place of PublicationBielefeld
Number of pages18
ISBN (print)3837626083, 9783837626087
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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NameEdition Kulturwissenschaft


This paper considers the Internet, its infrastructure and its sovereign context in order to articulate how, using almost untraceable methods of data interactions, in other words virtual political practices are turned into spatial relations, which affect its users and their behaviours. In this sense, this paper tries to imagine and explore the notion of human autonomy as a construct, which is embedded in the virtual political perception within the script and through the Internet related infrastructure that is formed by different intermediary tools such as software, protocols or technical equipment, while comparing this virtual perception to the internet tools’ virtual mind and their autonomous abilities. More specifically, in context of this paper, virtual mind refers to the computers, web interfaces that we use daily to generate personal digital traces online and to a greater extent, to the servers and their operating software, which allow the Internet function to accommodate both the scripts of web pages, as well as all related algorithms and their behaviours. Thus, this paper attempts to unpack and unfold particular spatial relations that generate our perception in and about the virtual world. Hence, it aims to establish some links between virtual and spatial contexts to enhance our understanding of the spatial political practices and the virtual ones in relation to our perception, and our particular spatial relations to the world.