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Issue 19

supa dupa skies (move slow and heal things)

The theme of this issue is in part an homage to Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott’s 1997 debut studio album. Her transgression of Hip Hop’s dominant archetypes—Madonna or the Whore qua almost asexual hip hop purist or video vixen—cracked the sonic uniformity stagnating on the radio. With the goal of detonating the bleak uniformity of tech journalism, supa dupa skies riffs on Missy’s audacity—her declaration that she was more than Curtis Mayfield’s superfly, she was supa dupa fly.

This issue heralds the dawn of a new era for Logic(s) and we plan to do something very different than counting up falling sky Chicken Little style. We switching out the stultifying dread and doomsday hand-wringing for Black joy and rhythmic plurinational freedom dreaming. We storytelling outchea.


The Rain

The Editors

This issue heralds the dawn of a new era for Logic(s) and we plan to do something very different than counting up falling sky Chicken Little style.


From the Sasha into the Zamani: Death as a Moment of Radical Continuity

Zainab Aliyu

Weaving memory into computer systems and Yoruba divination chains.

Origin Stories: Plantations, Computers, and Industrial Control

Meredith Whittaker

The proto-Taylorist methods of worker control Charles Babbage encoded into his calculating engines have origins in plantation management.

தோன்றியக் கதைகள்: தோட்டங்கள், கணினிகள் மற்றும் தொழில்துறைக் கட்டுப்பாடு

Meredith Whittaker

A Tamil translation of Meredith Whittaker’s piece.

Within the Operational Enclosure: Surveillance and Subversion in Northwest China

Darren Byler

Exploring how Uyghurs and other colonized populations in Northwest China push up against the limits of surveillance hubs and colonial enclosures.

Haitian Rhythms Under Scrutiny: Guantánamo Bay Bio-surveillance and Blackness at the Border

Shamira Ibrahim

Haitian countermemories of Western empire direct us away from supposed disrepair toward Black freedom dreaming.

Lost in Transit: Digitization of Mail Expands Surveillance Beyond Prisons

Phillip Vance Smith, II

As analog forms of surveillance and social control are renegotiated toward digital ones, incarcerated people are isolated and made especially vulnerable.

If You Have an Enemy, Then Buy Them a Car: Gig Workers vs. Multinational Corporations in India

Agnee Ghosh

Caste-oppressed gig workers contend with uncertain working conditions and algorithmic wage discrimination from the platforms they rely on to match with clients.

உங்களுக்கு ஒரு எதிரி இருந்தால், அவருக்கு ஒரு கார் வாங்கிக் கொடுக்கவும்: இந்தியாவில் பன்னாட்டு நிறுவனங்களை எதிர்கொள்ளும் கிக் தொழிலாளர்கள்

Agnee Ghosh

A Tamil translation of Agnee Ghosh’s piece.


The Origin of Clouds

Şerife Wong

Exploring lineage, relation, and care in Tezhip, an Islamic book illumination practice, in contrast with DALL-E.

Cooking Up Code

Romello Goodman

Can coding honor the dead? Can it be prepared like a warm meal for someone you love instead of being A/B tested from above without warning?


poems from & glee & bless

Petero Kalulé

Three poems from Petero Kalulé’s forthcoming book.

The Circle

Edward Ongweso Jr.

A science fiction story thinking with fungi, sentience, and extraction.

no text zone

J. Khadijah Abdurahman

A poem riffing on Rae Sremmurd.

michael falco-felderman

ValiDate: Struggling Singles in Your Area

An interview with game developer Dani Lalonders about their queer dating simulator, ValiDate.

சாதிகள் இல்லை என்னும் பொய்மை ஒழியட்டும்

A Tamil translation of Murali Shanmugavelan’s interview.

May the Myth of Castelessness Die

An interview with anti-caste scholar Murali Shanmugavelan.

Khat Time and Earthen Houses: Reconnecting to Oromo Sacred Knowledge Traditions

An interview with scholar of technology and African indigeneity Galaan Hayle.

Fighting Biometrics with Junk SIM Registration Network

An interview with Maded Batara III, the spokesperson of the Junk SIM Registration Network.


Queer Black Infiltration

A fashion shoot by designer Bones Jones.


mutual aid & more

Organizations and collectives oriented towards mutual aid and care in crisis.

First edition of Issue 19: supa dupa skies (move slow and heal things) expected to be released May 17, 2023.