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Social Media and Human Rights


Dr Daniel Trottier, Department of Media and Communication, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Digital Vigilantism and the Weaponisation of Visibility on Social Media

When vigilantism is expressed through digital media, it seeks and circulates targeted offenders’ personal information. The purpose of these acts is both informational in the sharing of details about transgressions, but also punitive in the type of visibility wilfully enacted against the target. Following an overview of relevant literature on user-led surveillance and policing, this talk will address some methodological challenges and possibilities associated with studying DV.

Wednesday, 20 January, 2016 - 14:00 to 15:30
Event location: 
Seminar Room, Sociology

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This is the website for Ella McPherson's work related to her 2014-17 ESRC-funded research project, Social Media, Human Rights NGOs, and the Potential for Governmental Accountability.