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Information Infrastructure and Resilience in American Disaster Plans

  • Megan Finn
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Abstract

Public information infrastructures are not only potential sites of enacting sociotechnical resilience but are crucial to the project of sociotechnical resilience. Following critiques of the broad concept of resilience as unspecific and neoliberal, this chapter contributes to the project of understanding sociotechnical resilience by emphasizing the complex institutional arrangements involved in the production of information infrastructures. The chapter grounds the concept of resilience in the definitions outlined in the United States’ contemporary infrastructure protection plans. Through an examination of historical examples of repair in California after disasters, this chapter asks what it means to reimagine public information infrastructure under the rubric of resilience, highlighting (1) the securitization of information infrastructure as a logic attempting to shape future sociomaterial entanglements; (2) the impulse to control uncertainty by rationalizing risk; and (3) that privately owned infrastructure does not conform to the modern infrastructural ideal.

Keywords

Resilience Information Earthquake Sociomaterial Infrastructures 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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