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Introducing Vigilant Audiences

Daniel Trottier
Rashid Gabdulhakov
Qian Huang

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1 Aurélie Campana is professor of Political Science at Laval University. She held the Canada Research Chair on Conflicts and Terrorism between 2007 and 2017. She is associate director of the Canadian Research Network on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS) and member of the Centre International de Criminologie Comparée (Université de Montréal). Her research has focused for years on terrorism in internal conflicts; diffusion of violence across movements and borders and engagement in extremist movements, including Canadian far right groups. Her research appeared in numerous journals, including Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, International Studies Review, New Media & Society and Global Crime.

2 Abderrahim Chalfaouat is a media and communication researcher from Morocco. He holds a doctorate in advertising and communication (2019), and an MA in Moroccan American Studies (2011) from Hassan II University of Casablanca. His research interests include media discourse analysis, media policy and digital culture. He is an alumnus of the Annenberg Oxford media policy institute (Oxford, 2015). He also discussed the Arab Barometer findings at the American Institute for Maghrib Studies’ annual conference (Tunis, 2015). His publications include book chapters and journal articles, including “Media, freedom of expression and democratisation in post-colonial Morocco” (2015), and “Framing the judiciary in Morocco: The case of Moudawala and Immortal Past” (forthcoming).

3 Valentine Crosset recently completed her PhD in criminology at Université de Montréal. She is junior research affilitate of the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS), member of the Cybercriminology Laboratory (Université de Montréal) and research assistant at the Cyberjustice Laboratory (Université de Montréal). Her research examines violent political expression online, content moderation and algorithmic regulation. She has published in several journals such as New Media & Society and Revue Critique Internationale.

4 Rianne Dekker is an assistant professor at the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG/USBO). She studies (social) media as modern sources of social pressure within governance in two societal domains: (1) public security and (2) migration and integration. She uses co-design methods, including the living lab methodology as an engaged research practice.

5 David M. Douglas is a computer ethics researcher based in Australia. He was awarded a PhD in philosophy at the University of Queensland in 2011. He has served as an ethics advisor for the Center of Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT) at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He has published research papers on free software, Internet regulation, doxing and Internet research ethics.

6 Simone Driessen is a lecturer and researcher in media and communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 2017, Simone completed her PhD on popular music fandom, researching how audiences gave meaning to pop music from the recent past (1980s-2000s). She has published her work in e.g. Participations, Transformative Works and Cultures and Popular Music & Society, and contributed to several edited collections on fandom and pop culture. Her research interests are participatory cultures, (toxic) fandoms, pop culture, and media entertainment at large.

7 Gilles Favarel-Garrigues holds a PhD in political science (2000) from Sciences Po and a “habilitation à diriger les recherches “(2014) from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). He currently works on vigilantism in a comparative perspective, especially in post-Soviet societies. He has recently edited two special issues on this topic: Citizens’ Crime Watch and Vigilantism in Post-Soviet Societies, Laboratorium, 11, 3, 2019 (with Ioulia Shukan), and Watchful Citizens: Policing from Below and Digital Vigilantism, Global Crime, forthcoming, 2020 (with Samuel Tanner and Daniel Trottier).

8 Rashid Gabdulhakov is a PhD candidate in the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is researching digital vigilantism and its manifestation in Russia and other former Soviet republics. Rashid has authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals on this and other topics. He holds a Master of Advanced Studies degree in International and European Security from the University of Geneva, Switzerland and a Master of Arts in Politics and Security from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

9 Jiaxi Hou is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies of the University of Tokyo, Japan. Her research centers on investigating the intricate relationships between digital technology and its social context, especially on how various digital media platforms contribute to the social class stratification process in Asian societies. She has received her MAS degree from the University of Tokyo, and a BA from the School of Journalism and Communication of Tsinghua University, China. She also works as an independent documentary producer, with a focus on the living conditions of young Chinese migrant workers.

10 Qian Huang is a PhD candidate in the Department of Media and Communication at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her current research considers digital vigilantism on the Chinese Internet. Qian has several peer-reviewed publications concerning Chinese online phenomena in relation to the class struggle and nationalism in China. Qian received a Master’s degree in Global Communication from Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2014 after a Bachelor’s degree in English and International Studies from China Foreign Affairs University.

11 Albert Meijer is a professor of Public Management at the Utrecht University School of Governance in the Netherlands. His research focuses on new forms of public management and governance in an information age. Professor Meijer is co-editor in chief of the journal Information Polity and co-chair of the permanent studygroup on e-government of the European Group for Public Administration.

12 Tara Milbrandt is an associate professor of Sociology in the Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta, Canada. She works in the areas of social theory, visual sociology, urban culture and digital media. Her current research explores new and contested ways that photographic images of identifiable strangers are generated and distributed across the contemporary public sphere, raising critical questions about what it means to be a social person, to cohabit and create a world together.

13 Mojca M. Plesničar is a research associate at the Institute of Criminology in Ljubljana and assistant professor in Criminology and Criminal Law at the University of Ljubljana. She is interested in human behaviour in connection to the criminal justice system. Her research focuses on questions of punishment, sentencing and penal decision-making, but incorporates various strands of related inquiries, such as the role and impact of new technologies on criminal justice, questions of marginal groups in criminal justice (women, minors, migrants), prisons, sexual and violent crime, etc. Mojca has published nationally and internationally and has held visiting positions at Universities in Trieste, Cambridge and Warwick. She is currently heading a three-year research project on objectivity and subjectivity in criminal justice, financed by the Slovenian research agency. In her future research, she plans to explore the roles and decision-making strategies of professionals in the criminal justice system (judges, prosecutors, attorneys), especially in light of the changing nature of criminal justice in recent decades.

14 Pika Šarf is a junior researcher at the Institute of Criminology and a PhD student of Criminology at the Faculty of Law, Ljubljana. In her doctoral thesis she is exploring the interoperbility of information systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) in light of data protection law. Pika is interested in questions of law and technology, with a special focus on regulation of cyberspace, cybercrime, cyber war, cyber espionage and privacy in the digital age.

15 Samuel Tanner is an associate professor at the School of Criminology, Université de Montréal. He is also a member of the International Center for Comparative Criminology (ICCC) and the International Studies and Research Center (CÉRIUM) of the Université de Montréal. His research focuses on the impact of technology on policing and activism, and on digital vigilantism. His work has been published in Security Dialogue, Global Crime and New Media & Society.

16 Daniel Trottier is an associate professor at the Department of Media and Communication of Erasmus University Rotterdam. His current research considers the use of digital media for the purposes of scrutiny, denunciation and shaming. Daniel is the PI of a five-year NWO-funded project on this topic. He has authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals on this and other topics, as well as Social Media as Surveillance in 2012, Identity Problems in the Facebook Era in 2013, and Social Media, Politics and the State (co-edited with Christian Fuchs) in 2014. Daniel completed a PhD in Sociology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.

17 Isabel Linton is a PhD candidate at Bangor University, conducting practice-based research on transmedia storytelling and digital fiction. Her research interests include creative writing, fandom and digital fiction. She has taught modules on transmedia storytelling and game design.

18 Sarah Young is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie LEaDing Fellows postdoc at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She researches surveillance, technical communication, information and rhetoric especially in the law enforcement and investigation context. She previously worked as a lecturer at the School of Information at the University of Arizona and spent over eleven years contracted as an investigator for the US government.


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