Shuddhabrata Sengupta - Incommunicado Interviews
Shuddhabrata Sengupta (India) calls on those promoting ICT development to 'develop a thought of our own obsolescence', just as today's gadgets will be obsolete tomorrow, our self-image as those who already represent a technological future that has yet to arrive elsewhere is mistaken. He also stresses the need to approach collective efforts in a more factual way, beyond the romantic idea of cross-cultural collaboration as an end in itself, and instead focus on the aims, ethics, and protocols of collaboration. The idea of development arrived in the info-technological context long after it transformed agriculture and industrial technology transfer, yet it tends to be used in a linear, rather uncritical way. Instead, Sengupta suggests focusing on the conditions of potentiality in all spaces, beyond simplistic local/global distinctions and the assumptions about needs and communal authenticity that accompany them.