This website is intended to create a space where the political and philosophical writings of Timothy Erik Ström can be collected in one place, accessible to anyone with a sufficiently advanced networked computing-machine, money to spend on an internet service provider, electricity to burn, and appropriate levels of literacy, both linguistically and technologically. This is to say: welcome.

Newly Published Book:

In February of 2020, my first book, Globalization and Surveillance was published by Rowman and Littlefield. Here’s a nice endorsement of the book:

With a breathtakingly wide brush—both historical and geographical—Tim Ström paints a compelling picture of surveillance as a crucial companion of colonization, capitalism, and war in the modern world. Thankfully, he also offers clues as to how things could be otherwise.

David Lyon, Queen’s University, Canada

For more on Globalization and Surveillance, please see here.

Antennas Aflame: Cybernetics, Conspiracies and 5G

Joel Jimenez, Castle of Innocence, 2019-2020.

This article digs into the 5G conspiracy in the time of coronavirus, looking to take it seriously, not on a factual level – as plainly there are many false components – but rather to see how the incredible spread of such conspiracies is bound up with our strange and terrible historic moment and what this means more generally. 

This article is was published first in print in Arena in issue 4, 2020, which you can see a PDF of here. Thereafter, it was published on Arena’s website too.

Article Series: 20 Years of Google

Google, Where the Internet Lives

In 2018, the tech-titan commonly known as Google turned 20. In that two decades, it went from a dorm room project to a global institution with tremendous power over the everyday life of billions of people unevenly scattered around the world. In this anniversary year, I published three articles in Arena Magazine that critically reflect on these developments and what they mean for the world. They can be downloaded and read as PDFs via the below links, or the full version is read a web version below.

Download via Informit:
Part 1; Part 2; Part 3.
If you have an institutional subscription, please support Arena and use the above download links. Otherwise, the following links don’t have a paywall: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3.

For more work, please see Writings.