[FoME] Publications on digital surveillance and exiled activists/journalists

Michaelsen, Marcus m.michaelsen at uva.nl
Do Aug 24 12:22:00 CEST 2017

Dear FoME-members,

I would like to draw your attention to the outcomes of a small research project on strategies of state control over exiled activists and journalists. Using the case of Iran, the research investigated how digital media enable new and influence established tactics of state repression against information activists beyond borders.

This paper in Globalizations<http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14747731.2016.1263078> gives a detailed insight into the measures and aims of transnational repression. I argue that with the help of digital media state actors can seek to undermine the links of exiles into the home country and to punish claims to public attention that challenge the position of the regime in the domestic and international arena.

Together with Dana Moss (University of Pittsburgh) I compare the Iranian and the Syrian case in this Intervention on 'Extraterritorial Authoritarian Power'<http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0962629817301075?via%3Dihub> for Political Geography.

And this piece for Surveillance & Society<https://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/surveillance-and-society/article/view/6635> focuses on the effects of digitally enabled surveillance against transnational information activists from Iran. It is part of a larger collection on the "Global Turn to Authoritarianism" with many interesting contributions on surveillance regimes in other countries as well as theoretical reflections.

This research has been part of a larger project on "Authoritarianism in the Global Age<http://www.authoritarianism-global.uva.nl/>" at the University of Amsterdam. One research axis explored how contemporary authoritarian regimes respond and adapt to the proliferation of digital communication technologies.

I hope this is of interest to some of you; please do contact me in case of questions and comments.

Best wishes,
Marcus Michaelsen

Dr. Marcus Michaelsen
Postdoctoral Researcher │Department of Political Sciences
University of Amsterdams

PO.Box 15578, 1001 NB Amsterdam - The Netherlands
+31 (0)6 1548 9726

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