Between visibility and surveillance: Challenges to political participation in social media

Julie Uldam

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    As activists move from alternative media platforms to commercial social media platforms they face increasing challenges in protecting their online security and privacy. While government surveillance of activists is well-documented in both scholarly research and the media, corporate surveillance of activists remains under-researched. This presentation explores visibility as a prerequisite and an obstacle to political participation. The dual capacity of visibility in social media enables both surveillance and counter-surveillance by making not only the surveilled actor, but also the surveilling actor visible. It thus enables activists to monitor and expose corporate misconduct, but simultaneously renders them vulnerable to surveillance from corporations. In this presentation, I examine these practices and discuss their implications for political participation by drawing on examples of companies’ surveillance of anti-capitalist activists in social media.
    Publikationsdato15 okt. 2015
    StatusUdgivet - 15 okt. 2015
    BegivenhedUppsala seminar series: Department of Informatics and Media - Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sverige
    Varighed: 15 okt. 201515 okt. 2015


    SeminarUppsala seminar series
    LokationUppsala University

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