Author Archives: Sarah Logan

Snowden, International Relations and the Transit Lounge….

Published at the East Asia Forum on July 11 2013.   At the time of writing, NSA leaker extraordinaire Edward Snowden sits (as far as we know) between immigration control points in Moscow airport. Snowden’s revelations about the NSA’s signals … Continue reading

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The Rohingya and the Viral Ummah

Showing a Rohingya man in front of his burning village, the picture at left and hundreds like it have been shared by millions across social media, blogs and discussion forums as part of a surge of global protests responding to … Continue reading

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Repost: Trolling the Caspian

This piece originally appeared on the Canadian International Council’s OpenCanada website. Circuit editors Madeline Carr and Sarah Logan presented on viral hatred and online counter-radicalisation at the seventh Internet Governance Forum, held in Baku, Azerbaijan, in November 2012. It was … Continue reading

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People Like Us: Rogue Andersonians and Imagined Online Communities

“…  the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow-members, meet them, or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion.” (Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities, 2006, 6) … Continue reading

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Rausim! Social media and political protest in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea’s recent political upheavals follow an upsurge in the use of mobile phones, the internet and social media since the country’s telecommunications sector was deregulated in 2007. Mobile networks have expanded exponentially over the past five years to … Continue reading

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Repost: Twitter and Corporate Politics

This is a repost of a piece I wrote for the Australian National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific, published initially here. It is a bit more journalistic than Circuit’s usual style, but may be of interest. Next month, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Access Contested: Security, Identity and Resistance in Asian Cyberspace

We have one copy of this excellent book to give away – just scroll down and leave a comment to enter the draw! Last week Thailand became the first country in the world to endorse Twitter’s new censorship policy. Despite … Continue reading

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Singapore online: speaking up and acting out?

This post is co-authored with Natasha Cowan of Flinders University Organised via Facebook, the recent Occupy Singapore protest failed to attract any actual protestors, leaving foreign journalists disconsolate in their search for evidence of Singapore’s newly thriving political sphere. More … Continue reading

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Digital Diasporas: Politics by Proxy

The State department’s diaspora 2.0 initiative, part of the recently initiated International Diaspora Engagement Alliance Initiative (IdEA), links the political and economic power of so-called digital diasporas to US foreign policy goals – the first time a major power has … Continue reading

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Street politics and social media: BBM and the London contagion effect

Recent waves of unrest in the developed world have had commentators wondering nervously if social media might facilitate the spread of unrest in Athens or Paris or now, New York, just as it did in Tunisia, Egypt and London. This … Continue reading

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