The Digital Assembly Research Network (DARN, #DigitalAssembly) is an email community of research and practice.
We are using this site to nurture a global community of people whose work addresses the ways digital systems influence our ability and right to assemble. Tensions around these rights exist in fully online spaces, in physical spaces, and in the liminal spaces between the two where much of modern life now happens. We see examples of this in a wide range of digital technologies – from social media to Stingray devices, drones to privacy policies, to the algorithms of present-day platforms or payment processing data. Examining how digital systems influence gathering together with others requires a vast array of expertise. We welcome scholars, technologists, advocates, and policy makers to the conversation and hope that new connections will spark new ideas and actions.
This community seeks to cultivate an academic, policy, and practical agenda around defining digital assembly, protecting people’s abilities to gather safely for peaceful collective action, and work to build broad understanding of how pervasive digital networks shape our actions in physical and digital spaces. Please use this community to further this joint work. We invite you to:
The DARN it! Community Conversations are monthly video chats designed to highlight people in the network and their work, weave new connections, and build some sense of community from a listserv. We invite members of the DARN to join us for these conversations to find new ideas and colleagues, learn about the range of research on and approaches to protecting our ability to assemble, and get to know other network members.
We encourage all members to share their work, conference or paper calls, and invite ideas on how to interact with the network. You can pitch a session by using this form. Pitches that include clear statement of the topic, a diversity or participants, and interactive or experimental formats are particularly welcome (non-scholar talks).
September 23, 2020 – Social Media, Assembly, and Elections with Rachel Kuo, Poncelet Ileleji, Mon M
October 28, 2020 – The Carrier Wave Principle with Aram Sinnreich, Jesse Gilbert, Elinor Carmi
There are two firm ground rules for this community aimed at ensuring appropriate communication and exchange: