Mobile tech, terrorism and faculty searches

February 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Mobile Tech, Pakistan)

I’m not complaining…promise. It’s just that this week (and last) has been a massive series of Mondays. The area has been looking for a new faculty member in Film and so far no unicorns. See this link on what I mean by campus interviews and the mythical academic unicorn…

Moving on to more topical news:
Today’s Mobile Technology and Developing Countries class discussion focused on the 2008 Mumbai attacks and the use of mobile technology. Whenever we talk about tech one of the issues that comes up is the competing narratives: 1.) tech is amazing and will save us all and 2.) tech is scary and evil and tool for terrorists.

No doubt, the attacks in Mumbai were technologically coordinated, leaving the India army and police out classed and out maneuvered. These attacks, in some cases, are analogous to the 9/11 attacks in the USA, where there was serious communication issues between local and national police and government organizations. I’ll continue this discussion in a later entry with videos and commentary.

But in the meantime, think about the concept of terrorism and how it’s no longer forced into one geographical space.


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