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Riot Platforms: Protest, Police, Planet

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Presented by Nick Dyer-Witheford as part of the FIMS Seminar Series.

Abstract: From 2018-2019 the planet was swept by a wave of mass uprisings, running from Paris to Hong Kong, Santiago, Beirut, Quito, to Tehran and Baghdad, and many other locations. These social rebellions have been marked not only by their scale, duration and intensity of confrontations with police, but also by new uses of digital platforms to coordinate and connect wide-area mobile actions, and by fresh digital countermeasures from security forces and reactionary vigilantes.  It seemed the Covid 19 pandemic might damp down such incendiary movements, but the 2020 outbreak of the Black Lives Matter revolt in the USA, as well as turmoils in Thailand, Peru, Belarus and Nigeria,  show the contrary. The advent of “Riot platforms” thus seems to open another phase of the experimentation in the digital circulation of social struggles ongoing since the turn of the millennium. This talk will discuss an ongoing research project into the rise of “Riot Platforms”, outlining both the study’s overall theoretical perspective and specific case studies it investigates.

All are welcome to attend via Zoom. For the Zoom details, please email Karen Kueneman at

Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Karen Kueneman

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