Titled, The Law, Lizette’s thesis is a mixture of commentary, critique, and community solutions that consider how our current internet infrastructure functions and fails to function, disproportionately affecting people of color in the South.
Her thesis will manifest in the form of an ecosystem of audio-visual and written material, meant to equip black, brown, or marginalized readers with knowledge and agency about a system that is ingrained in their lives but doesn’t always cater to their successes.
This ecosystem follows her exploration of data, surveillance, and security practices over the past year and a half. Through her research, she came to the realization that like many infrastructures, the digital infrastructure is an amalgamation and by-product of others. The infrastructure of racism, the infrastructure of surveillance technology, the infrastructure of academia, and the infrastructure of capitalism to name a few.
These systems are outdated, built around the unequal distribution of access, and harmful to the prosperity of marginalized communities.
In an increasingly internet reliant world, digital redistribution and autonomy are necessary pillars in re-constructing our current internet infrastructure.
Arming marginalized communities with digital agency and literacy is a preventative measure to ensure they are not further stratified or exploited in the digital realm.
Lizette is aware that her push for internet equality must happen in conjunction with a willingness for education alongside implementation.
Her collective conclusion being, digital inequalities not only reproduce social inequalities in the digital realm but also amplify them in the physical world.