Infrastructures, economy and informational politics: the case of Google Suite for Education

Henrique Zoqui Martins Parra, Leonardo Ribeiro da Cruz, Tel Amiel e Jorge Machado (2018)

This article examines the context and possible sociopolitical effects of the adoption of corporate communication technology infrastructures and services in educational contexts, particularly in the higher education sector in Brazil. We analyze the specific case of public universities in Brazil and their agreements with Google for the use of its application suite. We aim to refelct on the economics and politics of information, based on the mechanisms of data control and surveillance, and to question the emergence of new forms of knowledge and the exercise of power.