Megan’s forthcoming books, essays, talks…

Principal Investigator Dr. Megan Boler and her 2012-13 research team of OISE graduate students are concluding a productive second year of her three-year SSHRC funded research project “Social Media in the Hands of Young Citizens,” a qualitative research project featuring semi-structured interviews with young women participants in new hybrid (on/offline) social movements. Professor BolerContinue reading “Megan’s forthcoming books, essays, talks…”

Hacking, Cracking, and Hacktivism: the many dimensions of hacker practice

This week, we bring you a special post from a friend of the SMRT Boler Research team, Yelena Gyulkhandanyan, University of Toronto. Hacking, Cracking, and Hacktivism: the many dimensions of hacker practice To refer to someone as a hacker often implies that they engage in illicit acts of tapping into secret databases, stealing information, and threateningContinue reading “Hacking, Cracking, and Hacktivism: the many dimensions of hacker practice”

Audio for “Hacktivists, Cyberwarriors and International Relations” Conference

In follow-up to the “Event Summary: “Hacktivists, Cyberwarriors and International Relations”  post, we thought we would share the audio for this event. In this recording you will find Stefania Milan’s talk along with the Q&A session with her and Gabriella Coleman that followed. Special thanks to Yelena Gyulkhandanyan for sharing it with us. You can download the fileContinue reading “Audio for “Hacktivists, Cyberwarriors and International Relations” Conference”

SMRT Boler Team Attends HarassMap Talk

Recently two members of the SMRT boler team attended a talk hosted at Munk School of Global Affairs titled “Harassmap: Social Mapping Sexual Harassment and Violence in Egypt.” The presenter, Rebecca T. Chiao, is Co-Founder and Director of HarassMap. Combining community activism with mobile and internet technology, Harassmap is a volunteer initiative that strives toContinue reading “SMRT Boler Team Attends HarassMap Talk”

Dr. Chris Hables Gray visits our team, CBC’s Spark

Recently, our team had the privilege of meting with activist and author Dr. Chris Hables Gray a visiting scholar at OISE. Dr. Gray is a lecturer at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and at California State University at Monterey Bay. He is also onminds the leading minds on cyborg culture, and author ofContinue reading “Dr. Chris Hables Gray visits our team, CBC’s Spark”

forthcoming/upcoming talks and papers

Forthcoming publications: 3rd printing, Digital Media and Democracy: Tactics in Hard Times, ed. Megan Boler, MIT Press, 2013. Matt Ratto and Megan Boler, DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media, MIT Press, 2014. Ian Reilly and Megan Boler, “The Rally to Restore Sanity, Pre-politicization, and the Future of Politics” Communication, Culture and Critique (forthcoming 2013) Megan Boler,Continue reading “forthcoming/upcoming talks and papers”

Event Summary: “Hacktivists, Cyberwarriors and International Relations”

In recent weeks, the International Relations Society hosted a conference on Hacktivism at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Given the event’s focus on social action via the Internet, a few members from the Boler Research Team attended. Here is a quick summary of some of the highlights. How secure are weContinue reading “Event Summary: “Hacktivists, Cyberwarriors and International Relations””

“To See or Not to See: Cyborgs, Veillance, and Materiality”

We hope to reschedule this Cyborg panel (cancelled by snowstorm).  Meanwhile, please check out interview with Dr Chris Hables Gr”ay, “MyCyborg MySelf CBC Spark Feb 15 [@16:00] (OISE/UT visiting scholar February 2013) This is a quick note with information on an upcoming panel event organized by Dr. Boler which will take place at the OISE/UT this Friday FebruraryContinue reading ““To See or Not to See: Cyborgs, Veillance, and Materiality””