Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 Living in the Digital Shadows of War

Tuesday, October 25, 20164:30PM - 6:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West


People who live far from war zones and repressive states may nevertheless be connected to them through their use of digital communication technologies. This panel will discuss people’s digital vulnerabilities to conflict and repression, and possible responses to those vulnerabilities.

Debates over cyber security usually focus on threats to military assets, critical infrastructure, and intellectual property, and ignore the individuals who might be at risk. These risks take different forms. Activists around the world are subject to hacking and surveillance, and they participate in propaganda wars on Twitter and Facebook. Alienated young people are targeted for radicalization and recruitment. And people who simply want to communicate with loved ones in repressive states and conflict zones may find that these communications are sources of sorrow or danger rather than solace.

The panelists will discuss their recent research and reporting on these issues, with an emphasis on the Syrian context. The panel will also serve as the launch of a SSHRC-funded project, The War is Just a Click Away, which includes journalism and expert commentary published by OpenCanada.org.


Chris Tenove
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Ethics and Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Naheed Mustafa
Freelance Writer and Broadcaster

Amarnath Amarasingam
Fellow at the George Washington University’s Program on Extremism

Ahmad Edilbi
Founder & CEO of Dubarah Network (Dubarah.com), Ashoka Fellow

David McDougall
Journalist and Documentary Producer (VICE, CBC, etc.)

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