Giulia Dal Maso is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. She has published in Historical Materialism, the South Atlantic Quarterly, and the Journal of Cultural Economy. She is the author of Risky Expertise in Chinese Financialisation: Returned Labor and the State–Finance Nexus (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

The Promethean Ant Forest

Alibaba’s App as a Financialising Environmental Tool

Ant Forest is a Chinese app developed by Alibaba that claims to leverage its technology to solve environmental problems within and beyond China. By financialising and gamifying individuals’ carbon footprints with scores and rewards, it allows users to participate in tree planting as they consume online. Through the frame of ‘environmentality’, this essay discusses how […]

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