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The Final Frontier: Enclosing Outer Space

Taken from Predator Empire, Chapter 3: Full-Spectrum Dominance of the Globe https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/predator-empire From soil, to sea, to outer-space: the final frontier of the Predator Empire lies beyond the breathable atmosphere of human existence in the extraterrestrial orbits where only machines … Continue reading

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Surplus Populations: A Draft Bibliography (7 June 2018)

Surplus Populations: A Draft Bibliography (7 June 2018) Alves, J. A. (2014). From necropolis to blackpolis: necropolitical governance and blackspatial praxis in São Paulo, Brazil. Antipode 46 (2):323–339. Baptist, E. E. (2014). The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and … Continue reading

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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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Intervention Symposium: “Algorithmic Governance”; organised by Jeremy Crampton and Andrea Miller

Originally posted on AntipodeFoundation.org:
The following essays first came together at the 2016 AAG Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Jeremy Crampton (Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky) and Andrea Miller (PhD candidate at University of California, Davis) assembled five panellists to discuss what…

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