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[Registration Open] VUB Chair in Surveillance Studies Seminar Series on October 23rd with Dr. Marcus Michaelsen: Silencing across borders surveillance and digital threats against exiled dissidents and diaspora activists

                Dear all,

I am happy to announce that registration for our second seminar on October
23rd at 11am is now open. Registration is mandatory at the bottom of this
page. Looking forward to meeting many
of you either on-campus or online. If you decide to join on-campus, please
keep in mind that no lunch will be provided and all measures relating to
COVID-19 will be respected.

VUB CHAir in surveillance studies Seminar series: Silencing across borders:
surveillance and digital threats against exiled dissidents and diaspora
activists  - October 23rd, 2020
Authoritarian regimes have long used a variety of repressive tools to control,
silence, and punish dissidents living beyond their borders. Yet the advent of
the Internet-and its central role in activist communities-has changed the
means by which these regimes choose to intimidate those who would dare speak
out against them. Today, subtle but pervasive forms of online transnational
repression are increasingly common. Activists living outside their homeland
are now more likely to encounter surveillance and other digital threats
designed to stifle their opposition, induce self-censorship, and undermine
their ties to the home country. Building on dozens of interviews with human
rights defenders, journalists and other civil society activists from Middle
Eastern countries, the lecture presents the authoritarian "toolkit" of
transnational surveillance and repression as well as its silencing effects on
the targeted communities.

[A person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera  Description automatically
generated]Marcus Michaelsen is a senior researcher in the Law, Science,
Technology and Society (LSTS) research group at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
His research investigates digital surveillance and transnational repression
against exiled activists and advocacy networks from the Middle East. In
2018-19, Marcus was a Senior Information Controls Fellow with the Open
Technology Fund.
Previously, he was a member in the research group Authoritarianism in a Global
Age in the Political Science
Department of the
University of Amsterdam. Marcus holds a PhD in Media and Communication
Studies.


This seminar is part of the VUB Chair in Surveillance
Studies and will take place on September 23rd, 2020 at 11 am in
I.2.03. Online registration (with a limited number of people On-campus) is
mandatory due to Corona measures. The seminar can also be followed live
online. The livestreamlink will follow after registration. Click here for more
information.


Kind regards,

Bram
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