Dossier: The Rise of 5G

Dossier editors: Sanna Lehtinen and Delfina Fantini van Ditmar

Sanna Lehtinen and Delfina Fantini van Ditmar, Introduction: The Rise of 5G

How is 5G technology changing cities? In their dossier introduction, Sanna Lehtinen and Delfina Fantini van Ditmar survey the aesthetic, political, and ecological impacts of 5G networks and call for new critical models for envisioning urban futures.

Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa and Luis Hernan, A Luminous Abstraction: 5G Narratives and Futuring Otherwise

Luis Hernan and Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa consider what 5G could look like with different models of ownership and better integration with non-human ecologies.

Günter Gassner, Antifascism and anti-5G conspiracies

Günter Gassner examines the relationship between antifascism and anti-5G conspiracies, arguing for a critical examination of 5G as a global capitalist tool that can expedite fascist tendencies.

Fiona McDermott, 5G: The Next True or False Public Utility of the Future City?

Who is 5G really for? Fiona McDermott urges closer consideration of the public use value of much-hyped 5G technologies through an examination of the potentially fraught public-private partnerships extolling the development of urban 5G infrastructure in the name of public good.

Towards Atmospheric Care, Beyond 5G: Fieldnotes from Finland

Advancing feminist and critically engaged considerations of atmospheric media technologies, Towards Atmospheric Care (Hanna Husberg and Agata Marzecova) provide a snapshot of their ongoing interdisciplinary investigation of 5G-based smart solutions and new electronic ecosystems emerging in Finland, a country that has self-positioned itself at the forefront of inventing the wireless communication of the future.