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Dreamscapes of ModernitySociotechnical Imaginaries and the Fabrication of Power$
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Sheila Jasanoff and Sang-Hyun Kim

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226276496

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226276663.001.0001

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Guerilla Engineers

Guerilla Engineers

The Internet and the Politics of Freedom in Indonesia

Chapter:
(p.199) Nine Guerilla Engineers
Source:
Dreamscapes of Modernity
Author(s):

Joshua Barker

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226276663.003.0009

This chapter charts the role of Onno Purbo (Hasan Poerbo's son) and his colleagues in building the Indonesian Internet in the 1990s and early 2000s, and shows how their work involved an attempt to construct an oppositional sociotechnical imaginary. Against state imaginaries that envisioned state-controlled, centralized, capital intensive networks of communications, these engineers imagined a new Indonesian Internet public creating a low-cost, large-scale, do-it-yourself network free of state control.

Keywords:   sociotechnical imaginary, information technology, politics of freedom, history of the Internet, Onno Purbo, Indonesia

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