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Experiencing and Resisting Technologies of Confinement, Surveillance and Data Extraction [Anthropology of Confinement Network] II 
Carolina Boe (Aarhus University)
Ulla Berg (Rutgers University)
Darren Byler (Simon Fraser University)
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Music Building (MUS), Harty Room
Friday 29 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel engages with the ways in which experiences of confinement and internal border control are re-configured with the increased use of tech by government agencies, and how these are experienced, resisted, and transformed.

Long Abstract:

Over the past decade new breakthroughs in automated technologies have led to a multiplication of modes of containment through technologies such as electronic ankle monitors, facial recognition, iris scan technology and other identification devices that sustain modes of differential exploitation (Jacobsen, 2015; Pallister-Wilkins, 2016; Andersson, 2018; Mezzadra, Neilson, 2019; Aradau, Tazzioli, 2020; Byler and Sanchez Boe 2020; Sanchez Boe & Mainsah 2022; Byler 2022). Ethnic or religious groups, illegalised migrants or criminalized citizens are increasingly kept in situations of protracted captivity, and digital technology incorporated in governance to control and confine them, as well as to extract value and data from them. While most techniques to identify individuals were developed and managed by civil servants up until recently, tech companies today compile unprecedented amounts of data, while rapidly developing increasingly sophisticated software that can process them, with little or no consent or oversight, and with for-profit objectives. The panel aims to contribute to the debate on the larger implications for all citizens concerned by biometric tech that identify and monitor individuals (Zuboff 2019; Benjamin 2020; Jefferson 2020), as confinement and migration control are often laboratories for what is to come for the general population (Noiriel 1991, Breckenridge & Szreter 2012). We welcome research on how digital technologies enforce modes of confinement and turn minorities into source of economic profit and biopolitical value, and on initiatives developed to resist and transform these processes.

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Session 1 Friday 29 July, 2022, -