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Universities Without Borders: Higher Education and the Technologies of Hostile Environments

19 June 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm UTC

Technologies used for border and migration control have become increasingly diffuse, globally, no longer confined to the physical border. In some refugee camps, residents are required to scan their irises or fingerprints to access essential goods and services, including credit, while subjected to a host of experimental humanitarian technologies, which ultimately govern and contain migrant bodies virtually and physically. In cities, immigration enforcement rely on a slew of tools, including predictive analytics, license plate readers, stingrays, and facial recognition to name a few, for the persecution, detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants in particular.

Higher Education Institutions are a particularly important part of this infrastructure. As providers of R&D space for the very technology companies that go on to develop the tools that enable violence against migrant populations, as well as the pipeline through which the talent for these companies are acquired. At the same time, the university itself –– especially in the UK –– plays a significant role in policing migration, e.g. through attendance monitoring, and upholding racist and discriminatory counter-terrorism polices such as the Prevent Protocol. In many ways, the university simultaneously produces and serves as the border.

In this webinar, URBC & NT4T lead a discussion into how the hostile immigration environment is reproduced, technologically, both globally and right here at our various local HEIs. It will offer some tools and guidance on effective resistance and activism, before inviting participants to a wider discussion.

Registered participants will receive a link to the webinar on the day of the event.

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