chapter  9
28 Pages

A theory of resilience and the relational

Resilience speaks to an understanding of the world as relational, as interconnected and in-formation. This chapter explores several empirical and theoretical avenues to better conceptualize resilience as a way of governing in interconnected societies. It describes resilience as a way of governing the Internet and of governing through the Internet, a range of recurring themes. The chapter includes the ontological arguments that the different resilience discourses imply, how these arguments are reflected in conceptualizations of resilient space, and which temporalities resilience as a way of governing incorporates and operates. It argues that the usage of digital data and associated analytical tools gives rise to the crowd as a new epistemic community and the pattern as a new epistemological authority for practices of resilience programming. It investigates the way in which the digital connectivity of the Internet provides for the transformation of information exchange into digital bits.