Ben Collier

'Cyborg infrastructures and resistance - a sociological study of Tor'

  • Email: s1263350@sms.ed.ac.uk
  • Principal Supervisor: Dr Richard Jones
  • Assistant Supervisor: Dr James Stewart

Biography

This research project seeks to use frameworks from Science and Technology Studies to develop and expand criminological understanding of the internet and high-technology societies. Focusing on the Tor Project, a group of people building an alternative internet infrastructure which resists state surveillance and censorship online, this research uses interviews and documentary analysis to explore how technologies which resist forms of state social control are shaped by the values and practices of the people making them. It also looks at the complex ways in which different groups understand and influence the meanings that these technologies of resistance take on in wider society, the different types of work involved in making them, and the diverse motivations, perspectives and politics of the communities around them.

Research blog:

https://bencollierblog.wordpress.com/ 

Other writing:

http://www.itaintnecessarilyso.org/articles/2014/07/31/spaces-and-technosociology-i-t-aint-necessarily-so

http://www.itaintnecessarilyso.org/articles/2015/1/29/ians-ians-are-a-network-of-sociologists