The Cybernetic Border: Drones, Electronic Technologies and Intrusion on the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1948-2016

My book project, The Cybernetic Border, analyzes how communication and control became operative ideas and techniques through which the borderlands is governed. The cybernetic border is an arrangement around data capture, management, and processing meant to produce order, especially controlling Latina/o/x migrants. At its core are drones, electronics and computers, which together enact relations on the U.S. frontier, to nation-making, and to racial politics. The book mobilizes media archaeology, discourse analysis, and oral history interviews as it examines a broad archive comprising corporate and government memoranda, military and technical reports, newspaper coverage, film, and surveillance footage. An analysis of the politics coded in technology shows that immigration policies are articulated via media infrastructures with deleterious impacts on migrant wellbeing.

Images sources

"Intrusion Detection Systems," I and N Reporter (1978)
 

"1693 Ryan Firebee target 1962-12-11," Ryan Aeronautical Negative Collection,

San Diego Air & Space Museum

Technoprecarious

Technoprecarious is a co-written book project by Precarity Lab (Cassius Adair, Iván Chaar-López, Anna Watkins Fisher, Cindy Lin, Silvia Lindtner, Lisa Nakamura, Cengiz Salman, Kalindi Vora, Jackie Wang, McKenzie Wark).

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