March 2021: TransAsiaSTS Invited Lecture, Prof. Itty Abraham


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March 26, 2021 - 1:00am


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May 31, 2021 - 1:40am

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This is the link to the first invited lecture by the TransAsiaSTS Network delivered by Prof. Itty Abraham at the National University of Signapore. The talk is titled: Technology as a Political Instrument: The Tactical and the Strategic

Abstract: The close association of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter) with the so-called “Arab Spring” popular movements has reinforced our collective understanding of new media technologies as a great political disruptor. Under some circumstances, digital media can become a force multiplier for an unarmed public against a repressive state. Such a politics of confrontation should be seen as a tactical use of technology, facing certain inherent limits. Political technologies can be strategic as well, however, going far beyond the direct encounter of a movement and state to threaten state legitimacy, as this case study will discuss. My examination of a KL-based Rohingya diaspora group explores the long-term strategic implications of what I call the politics of recognition through discussion of two technopolitical moments – the group’s negotiations with the Unicode Consortium to make the Rohingya script visible on electronic screens and efforts to use blockchain to create a transnational refugee database.



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Anonymous, 26 March 2021, "March 2021: TransAsiaSTS Invited Lecture, Prof. Itty Abraham", contributed by Aalok Khandekar, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 31 May 2021, accessed 13 June 2021.