Geographies of Media II: The Geopolitics of Digital Media

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Media and Communication Geography Specialty Group, Political Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Oakley, Sheraton, 4th Floor
Organizers: Paul Adams
Chairs: Paul Adams


Digital media are reshaping geopolitics in complicated ways, from the cooperation of Wikileaks with Russian hackers, to the colonization of Facebook by Russian troll farms, to Donald Trump’s use of Twitter to broadcast insulting nicknames, to alt-right news sites created by Macedonian teenagers, to the efforts by repressive states to curtail and control flows of digital information. The intersections between geopolitics and digital media are most evident when one observes flows of digital code that carry explicitly geopolitical messages and imagery. However, data flows that are not initially relevant to geopolitics also get drawn into political processes such as elections, referendums, diplomacy and international relations through the convergence of social media, digital surveillance, and the proliferation of databases. These processes operate within state borders but also cross borders in slippery ways, blending mediatized politics and geopolitics. This paper session will bring together various perspectives on digital media and geopolitics addressing popular geopolitics, formal geopolitics, and practical geopolitics, in conjunction with various types of digital communications.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Sara Koopman*, York University, Doing alter-geopolitics online 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Sam Page*, , The 2015 British Labour Leadership Contest and Digital Social Media 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Stephen Young*, University of Wisconsin - Madison, A post–fact world? Toward a critical geopolitics of rumor and fake news 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Paul Adams*, University of Texas at Austin, Geopolitics and the Surveillant-Attention Economy of Digital Media 20 11:00 AM
Discussant Jason Dittmer University College London 20 11:20 AM

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