The Container Project in Rural Jamaica: Socializing Technology and Unleashing Creativity Along the Digital Divide
da Rimini, Francesca. 2011, 'The Container Project in Rural Jamaica: Socializing Technology and Unleashing Creativity along the Digital Divide', in K. St. Amant & B. Olaniran (eds), Globalization and the Digital Divide, Cambria Press, Amherst, NY, pp. 103-39.
40 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2013
Date Written: January 25, 2011
Participatory globalization offers a useful conceptual framework for new forms of socially-engaged, collective creativity, and co-operative labor in a transglobal context. This chapter examines the Container Project, an innovative computing and arts initiative originating in an extremely deprived Jamaican township. Drawing upon the skills of a global peer network of artists and cultural activists, the Container Project has adapted “street technologies” to suit the needs of marginalized constituencies. It provides conceptual and digital tools for people to build cultural knowledge using networked communicative platforms. The project is a unique example of participatory globalization, challenging issues of the global digital divide through a transformative method of engagement.
Keywords: digital divide, digital literacy, globalization, iStreet Lab, Jamaica, media democracy, peer learning, peer production, radical media, social architecture
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