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Ithaca College Talk to Focus on Use of Cyberspace in International Political Movements

 ITHACA, NY — A visiting Fulbright scholar from Sri Lanka will discuss the positives and negatives of the growing use of cyberspace for political activism around the globe in a talk at Ithaca College. Harinda Vidanage will present “Ghost in the Shell: From Cyber Liberation to Entrapment” on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in Clark Lounge, Egbert Hall. His talk is free and open to the public.

Vidanage will explore cyberspace as an emerging site for the expansion of global, social and political processes, including such phenomena as the digital Zapatista in the early 90s as well as contemporary Kurdish, Haitian and Sri Lankan diaspora movements. He will juxtapose cyber liberation literature with the emerging realities of the post 9/11 world where cyberspace is viewed within the national security agenda and thus approached as a space for militarization.

A political scientist, Vidanage has focused his research interests on the politics of cyberspace, diaspora political engagements and political activism using new media and cyber terrorism. Currently serving as a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at St. Lawrence University, Vidanage is a former director of the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies, Sri Lanka’s premier International relations education center and think tank.

His talk is part of International Education Week at Ithaca College.



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