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Dark Publics, Dark Socials: Encrypted Messaging Platforms for Citizen Governance in Bangalore, India

Title
Dark Publics, Dark Socials: Encrypted Messaging Platforms for Citizen Governance in Bangalore, India
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Dr Nicole Rigillo # Indian Institute of Management & University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
12th Oct 2018 15:00 - 12th Oct 2018 17:00
Location
Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.san.ed.ac.uk/events/research_seminars/2018_2019/dark_publics,_dark_socials_encrypted_messaging_platforms_for_citizen_governance_in_bangalore,_india

This talk draws on 8 months of fieldwork in Bangalore, India, to explore how citizen activists are using encrypted mobile instant messaging platforms (e.g. WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram) to form chat groups comprising citizens, local political leaders, and members of the media. While these groups were formed as a practical means of addressing routine governance failures in Bangalore, they also challenge accepted theories of both social media and the public sphere, offering new ways of being a citizen, a government, and a member of a community in the digital era.  

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