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Hi hello people of earth/space/cyberspace, intersectional alien here. I’m still trying to figure out my place on this earth. I like intersectional feminism, feminism in popular culture, LGBTQ+, refugee rights, veganism, mental health, nihilism, travelling, unlearning institutional conditioning, good tunes and consuming and creating stories.

Refugees & Cyberculture: final progress update

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The time has come for my final progress update! I have basically finished my literature review, I have organised interviewees and I am ready to start working on my digital artefact. My digital artefact is – as I’ve stated a few times by now – a video series, so I’ve been on the hunt for photos and footage available to make the series visually compelling.

I was surprised to find Creative Commons actually had a vast amount of images available for reuse within the license requirements (non-commercial reuse), as in the past I’ve found it quite limited. I have a feeling the subject matter may account for the amount of available images to reuse, as I’ve noticed various sources have an interest in sharing the varied experiences of refugees.

“Syrian refugees strike at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station. Refugee crisis. Budapest, Hungary, Central Europe, 4 September 2015.” Attribution: By Mstyslav Chernov…

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Should mobile phone access be considered a basic need?

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With the structure and basic content of my research project very clear in my mind, it’s time to do the lit review! I must admit I was a little overwhelmed at first as to how to keep track of all my research and keep my direction clear, hence the delay on this post…

Nevertheless! I decided to make a Google doc of the aggregated resources I’ve found so far and conduct my literature review. Turns out there is a lot of information on every topic and naturally I want to share it all, so my biggest challenge will be determining what is most vital to include in the video series. If I find I can’t fit everything I want to share in the videos, I may also post corresponding blog posts with more information for those interested.

Lit review in progress…

One of the (many) questions that has arisen from…

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Structuring Refugees & Cyberculture

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Ok, so I have developed the idea for my research project, now to assemble it! I have decided to divide the project into 5 parts (five focus points).

Parts 1 & 2 will be on how refugees engage with cyberculture. Part 1 will focus on how refugees map & document their experiences. Example cases I will be researching: refugees paving the way for other refugees by sharing photos/GPS locations of their migration path on social media and Google Maps censoring access to viewing refugee housing centres.

Part 2 will be a focus on how refugees interact with cyberculture to share their experiences within institutions/controlled environments (i.e. detention centres, camps and island resettlements). Examples: Free the children NAURU and footage released of a hunger strike from within Manus Island detention centre.

Image from Free the children NAURU Facebook page, uploaded 20th March 2016 Image from Free the children NAURU Facebook page, uploaded 20th March 2016

Part 3 will be a focus on those participating in cyberculture to help refugees…

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The Complex Layers of Cyberculture and Refugees

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Refugees charge their phones at Keleti Railway Station in Budapest, Hungary.

For my research project, I am interested in looking at the complex layers of cyberculture and refugees. I’ll be looking at how refugees participate in cybercultures, ranging from recording abuse in detention centres to using Google Maps to make their way through Europe and tracking their journey through social media.

“Alvand, 18, from Syria takes a selfie with his friends as they walk along a railway track after crossing into Hungary from the border with Serbia last week. Cellphones are widely available in Syria for relatively little money. (Marko Djurica/Reuters)”

I will also be extending my research to how countries are using technologies to monitor and control the movement of refugees. The current crisis has lead to many radical discussions and actions towards ‘monitoring’ refugees. This extends to the EU maritime agency using drones to monitor refugee boats and…

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