Money has always included hidden traces of its own exchange and circulation, but with the shift to electronic payments, these traces are coming to the fore, influencing new business models and forms of governance. What are the material cultures of these transactional histories and how do they shape and reshape exchange? And what tactics remain to users to safeguard, obscure or reappropriate these traces, asks Rachel O'Dwyer.
Dr Rachel O’Dwyer is a Government of Ireland research fellow in Maynooth University. She is the curator of the openhere festival and conference (www.openhere.data.ie). She writes about value, money and digital networks. Find her on Academia.edu.