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Online Surveillance, Censorship, and Encryption in Academia

Tanczer, L; Deibert, RJ; Bigo, D; Franklin, MI; Melgaço, L; Lyon, D; Kazansky, B; (2019) Online Surveillance, Censorship, and Encryption in Academia. International Studies Perspectives , Article ekz016. 10.1093/isp/ekz016. Green open access

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Abstract

The Internet and digital technologies have become indispensable in academia. A world without email, search engines, and online databases is practically unthinkable. Yet, in this time of digital dependence, the academy barely demonstrates an appetite to reflect upon the new challenges that digital technologies have brought to the scholarly profession. This forum’s inspiration was a roundtable discussion at the 2017 International Studies Association Annual Convention, where many of the forum authors agreed on the need for critical debate about the effects of online surveillance and censorship techniques on scholarship. This forum contains five critiques regarding our digitized infrastructures, datafied institutions, mercenary corporations, exploitative academic platforms, and insecure online practices. Together, this unique collection of articles contributes to the research on academic freedom and helps to frame the analysis of the neoliberal higher education sector, the surveillance practices that students and staff encounter, and the growing necessity to improve our “digital hygiene.”

Type: Article
Title: Online Surveillance, Censorship, and Encryption in Academia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/isp/ekz016
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/isp/ekz016
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) (2019). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Studies Association. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial reproduction and distribution of the work, in any medium, provided the original work is not altered or transformed in any way, and that the work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact journals.permissions@oup.com
Keywords: surveillance, censorship, encryption, academic freedom, Internet
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > STEaPP
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10080268
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