ABSTRACT

This chapter investigates how digital urbanisms in crises are experiments with an 'ethics for non-unitary subjects' that involve reconfigurations of lived experiences of distributed responsibilities. And practices of noticing and caring about distant others. The chapter argues that such binary framings fail to adequately open up the ambiguities of socio-technical transformations for adequate analysis. The disruptive dynamics of digital urbanism in crises in a way that documents their complexities and opens up alternatives, that have joined design teams who produce Information and Communications Technology (ICT) architectures for more interoperability and information sharing in disaster responses. Mobile ICT practices then disruptively open up new futures. People's ability to put themselves on a global map through social media amplifies the voices of those affected and has the potential to augment formal response efforts by fostering a more relational ethic that allows everyone involved to consider the politics, morality and effects of their actions more broadly.