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
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
The 28 September is International Right to Know Day, a day that acknowledges access to information as a human right that enables other human rights. I had the immense pleasure of sitting down today with Privacy Commissioner John Edwards and Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier to discuss issues around privacy, transparency and information access in New … Continue reading Right to Know Day 2018
I recently sat down with Baz Macdonald from Re: News to chat about what news story comments say about us as a society. Our conversation drew from two examples about blackface - one in NZ, one in Australia. Yes: I actually mean white people painting themselves black in order to mock people of colour and … Continue reading What do news comments say about us?
I've just published an online article in Newsroom about why we need to be thinking about the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal as 'mass surveillance.' The piece comes on the back of a free public talk I'll be giving tomorrow with Dr. Markus Luczak-Roesch on "Building the Web We Want" at Victoria University of Wellington's Pipitea Campus. The … Continue reading Building the Web We Want
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
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!