Event Name Dark Publics, Dark Socials: Encrypted Messaging Platforms for Citizen Governance in Bangalore, India
Start Date 12th Oct 2018 3:00pm
End Date 12th Oct 2018 5:00pm
Duration 2 hours

This talk draws on 8 months of fieldwork in Bangalore, India, to explore how citizen activists are using encrypted mobile instant messaging platforms (e.g. WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram) to form chat groups comprising citizens, local political leaders, and members of the media. While these groups were formed as a practical means of addressing routine governance failures in Bangalore, they also challenge accepted theories of both social media and the public sphere, offering new ways of being a citizen, a government, and a member of a community in the digital era.