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Goodbye iSlaveA Manifesto for Digital Abolition$
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Jack Linchuan Qiu

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040627

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040627.001.0001

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A Changing World

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Goodbye iSlave

Jack Linchuan Qiu

University of Illinois Press

This chapter makes the connections between slavery and digital media. It contends that even in the present era of digital media technologies, exploitation and injustice—here broadly defined as slavery—still manages to permeate society as a whole. The chapter describes a contemporary system of “twenty-first-century slavery” or “iSlavery,” made possible by the latest digital technologies of our time. Expanding from the bowels of the earth to the New World of cyberspace, iSlavery sustains a planetary network whose central nexus is the Apple-Foxconn alliance—or Appconn—the “master,” so to speak, who owns, manipulates, and exploits untold numbers of iSlaves.

Keywords:   slavery, abolition, digital media, iSlavery, twenty-first-century slavery, digital technologies, Appconn, Apple, Foxconn

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