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9 things I learned striking…

9 Things I learned Striking… 1. The importance of the strike itself—as a tactic, a tool, a space, for challenging conditions of precarity. As someone that’s relatively early career (I’ve been a lecturer for 5 years), a strike was something … Continue reading

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Education is Liberation

Education is Liberation I am 33 years old. I am 17. I am retired. I am a Pakistani girl that refused to be scared. I am students occupying a university. I am a library volunteer. Value me or I am … Continue reading

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The Politics of Austerity: Fighting for the World

Public Lecture at the Main Gate of the University of Glasgow, 27 February 2018, 11:00am Written in a couple of hours! So, apologies for any typos, missing citations, errors Ian Shaw @ianshawz A decade has eclipsed since the global financial … Continue reading

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Readings on Urbicide

Readings on Urbicide Abujidi, N. (2014). Urbicide in Palestine: Spaces of Oppression and Resilience. Oxon: Routledge. Adams, N. (1993). Architecture as the target. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 52(4): 389-390. Berman, M. (1987). Among the ruins. new internationalist, … Continue reading

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Robot Wars: US Empire and Geopolitics in the Robotic Age

My latest open-access paper has just come online over at Security Dialogue. Abstract: How will the robot age transform warfare? What geopolitical futures are being imagined by the US military? This article constructs a robotic futurology to examine these crucial … Continue reading

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Remote: a Documentary about Drones and Humans

This is a 33-minute documentary I produced about drone warfare. It covers a lot of ground–from the history of air power, to signature strikes, miniaturized swarming, the future of policing, the role of autonomous AI, and what it all means … Continue reading

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Policing the Future City: Robotic Being-in-the-World

Below is my contribution for the recent collection published in Antipode on Algorithmic Governance. Policing the Future City: Robotic Being-in-the-World Sensor Prison Ripe was the time for a revolution in police surveillance. The Vietnam War served as a laboratory for … Continue reading

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