COMMENT | Technology and Terror

By Steve Hersee (@stevehersee) In the wake of the terrorist attack on Westminster bridge on 22 March 2017, the Daily Mail produced a front-page headline stating that Google was the ‘friend of terrorists’. The article described how it had taken the Mail just 2 minutes on Google to find a terror manual on how to…

Call for Papers: Fieldwork in Political Geography

We are delighted to be hosting this year’s Political Geography Research Group workshop. It will be held at Royal Holloway from 12-13th June on the theme of ‘Fieldwork in Political Geography‘. Please see the Call for Papers below which provides additional details on the theme, registration instructions, and preliminary program – we look forward to…

COMMENT | Encryption Tragedy: How the Security Dilemma is Poisoning Cyberspace

By Steve Hersee (@stevehersee) The British state often claim that encryption and other security measures are turning the Internet into a “dark and ungoverned space, which is in danger of becoming an anarchic haven for terrorists and criminals (Hogan-Howe, 2014; Cameron, 2015). Likewise, the Digital Rights Movement (DRM) claim that efforts to ‘undermine’ encryption and advanced security…

NEWS | The Politics of Antarctica

  It is with pleasure that I report on the publication of a co-edited collection of essays called The Handbook on the Politics of Antarctica. My coeditors were Dr Alan Hemmings from University of Canterbury (New Zealand) and Dr Peder Roberts from KTH University in Stockholm. Over 37 chapters we range widely from considering the…

REVIEW | The Destruction of Memory and Technologies of Resistance

By Laura Shipp I recently had the opportunity to attend a screening of the insightful documentary ‘The Destruction of Memory’, an adaptation by Tim Slade of the book by Robert Bevan. Its focus was something that I had never before considered: the deliberate demolition of artefacts and monuments of cultural heritage. Yet the documentary also…