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Disruption Network Lab: Borders of Fear: Migration, Security & Control

Updated: Jan 20

27-29 November 2020


Claudia Aradau took part in a panel on ‘Technologies and Politics of Fear’. She focused on debates about experiments in borderzones. What does it mean to say that borders have become ‘testing grounds’ for high-risk technologies? She proposed to specify the meaning of experiment to understand the many expriments that are conducted not just with high-tech but also low-tech, mundane digital devices in borderzones. Many of these devices are data-extractive devices that are part of wider digital platforms, which work by extracting ‘surplus data’ from all online interactions.


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