Surveillance in South Africa

My book review of Jane Duncan's, Stopping the Spies: Constructing and Resisting the Surveillance State in South Africa (2018, Wits University Press) has been published in the Journal of Political Economy of Communication.  Full disclosure, it's the first (and last, I hope) book review I've ever written.  Second disclosure: I don't read book reviews myself. Ever. Except for … Continue reading Surveillance in South Africa

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‘One of the Blokes’: The gendered nature of beer in New Zealand’s craft brewing scene

I am very excited to announce my first article to come out a brand analysis and fieldwork I conducted with New Zealand 'brewsters' (women beer brewers) in 2016 as part of a Victoria University of Wellington Research Establishment Grant (or is it University of Wellington? Who can be sure...). The project is only a small … Continue reading ‘One of the Blokes’: The gendered nature of beer in New Zealand’s craft brewing scene

Upcoming Talk (National Library, Wellington): Surveillance, Privacy & Space in the Age of Social Media

I'll be giving a talk this Thursday on the way social media, digital apps and mobile technologies have turned ‘mapping’ into an everyday practice. We regularly ‘check in’, location-tag digital photos, create virtual maps, and publicise, write about and visually document our experience with and within space. As a result, the way we create, represent … Continue reading Upcoming Talk (National Library, Wellington): Surveillance, Privacy & Space in the Age of Social Media

‘The Post-Snowden Era’ is finally out!

When I moved to Wellington three years ago, Edward Snowden had just released a trove of classified NSA documents that detailed some of the Five Eyes' mass surveillance programmes. Meanwhile, our own foreign intelligence agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), was mired in controversy over an independent report revealing it had been illegally spying on … Continue reading ‘The Post-Snowden Era’ is finally out!