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Velux funds new research project: DIGINAUTS: Migrants’ digital practices in/of the European border regime


Velux Fonden har bevilliget seks mio. kr. til forskningsprojektet Diginauts, som vil undersøge, hvordan flygtninge bruger mobiltelefoner og andet digitalt udstyr til at navigere geografisk, socialt og politisk, når de rejser gennem Europa. (Read more)

Abstract: Despite the ‘digital turn’ in migration research there has been a lack of studies focusing on migrants’ usages of information and communications technology (ICT). The DIGINAUTS project, proposed amongst others by DECIDIS researchers Vasilis Galis and Luca Rossi, sets out to investigate the digital navigation of migrants on arrival sites and en-route to Europe. By employing a set of mixed methods (combining ethnographic and digital approaches), the aim is to investigate how ICT, the digital practices of migrants as well as of aiding organisations and initiatives of the receiving countries intermediate and constitute new sociotechnical networks of community and solidarity.

Special issue 'Digital Images and Globalized Conflicts' in Media, Culture & Society

Introduction: Digital Images and Globalized Conflict
Bolette Blaagaard, Mette Mortensen, and Christina Neumayer

Abstract: As the number of digital images of globalized conflicts online grow, critical examination of their impact and consequence is timely. This editorial provides an overview of digital images and globalized conflict as a field of study by discussing regimes of visibility and invisibility, proximity and distance, and the multiplicity of images. It engages critically with these interlinking themes as they are addressed in the contributing articles to the Special Issue as well as beyond, asking how genres and tropes are reproduced, how power plays a role in access to images, and how the sheer quantity of conflict-related images raise issues of knowledge production and research. (Link to special issue)

Latest DECIDIS research

'Stop fake hate profiles on Facebook': Challenges for crowdsourced activism on social media (J. Farkas & C. Neumayer)
This research examines how activists mobilise against fake hate profiles on Facebook. Based on six months of participant observation, this paper demonstrates how Danish Facebook users organised to combat fictitious Muslim profiles that spurred hatred against ethnic minorities. Crowdsourced action by Facebook users is insufficient as a form of sustainable resistance against fake hate profiles. A viable solution would require social media companies, such as Facebook, to take responsibility in the struggle against fake content used for political manipulation. (Full article)

'We are all foreigners in an analogue world: cyber-material alliances in contesting immigration control in Stockholm’s metro system (V. Galis & J. Summerton)
Public spaces are often contested sites involving the political use of socio-material arrangements to check, control and filter the flow of people. In Sweden, the recently established police project (REVA) in is an attempt to strengthen ‘internal border’ controls. This paper discusses the emergence of practices in which activist groups organized and performed resistance through the use of counter technologies in the transport sector. We explain how a hybrid alliance of human and nonhuman others generated new virtual and urban spaces and provided temporary autonomous zones, to groups of undocumented immigrants. (Full article)

Forklædt propaganda på Facebook (J. Farkas)
Johan Farkas var i radioprogrammet P1 d. 10. oktober 2017, hvor han fortalte om sit speciale omhandlende forklædt propaganda på Facebook. Johan er til at høre under indslaget "Specialisterne" (tid: 15:48).

Community detection on multiplex social media data (L. Rossi & O. Hanteer & M. Magnani)
Community detection is a central area of research in network analysis. The growing level of interest in multiplex networks has been followed by a parallel growth of interest in multiplex applications of community detection methods that could be more precise when actors can interact through multiple relations at the same time. Despite these premises the diffusion of community detection methods for multiplex networks is still at its infancy with few papers addressing the issue.

 

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