Racial Infrastructures in the Post-Imperial Era: Leveraging the Interplanetary File System for Commons Building

Potential Abstract: This research explores the intersection of race, infrastructures, and digital commons in the post-imperial era, focusing on the potential of the Interplanetary File System (IPFS) as a tool for building equitable and inclusive educational environments. Drawing on critical race theory and decolonial perspectives, we investigate how existing power structures perpetuate educational inequities and how leveraging IPFS can disrupt these dynamics. By examining the possibilities and challenges of using decentralized technologies like IPFS, we aim to contribute to a deeper understanding of how race shapes educational infrastructures and how such infrastructures can be reimagined in more just and equitable ways. Our study involves a mixed-methods approach, including interviews with educators, policymakers, and technologists, as well as analysis of educational materials and practices.

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