Amplifying the State of Exception:
The Uses of Technologies post-COVID

June 29 - July 1, 2021
5:00 - 6:45 pm (GMT +2)

David Nemer is a Brazilian assistant professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of 'Favela Digital: The other side of technology' (GSA, 2013) and 'Technology of the Oppressed' (MIT Press, Forthcoming). His research and teaching interests cover the intersection of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Anthropology of Technology, ICT for Development (ICT4D), and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Nemer is an ethnographer whose fieldworks include the Slums of Vitória, Brazil; Havana, Cuba; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Eastern Kentucky, Appalachia. Nemer is currently examining the problem of online misinformation for democracies worldwide, particularly in countries in the Global South where democratic institutions remain in a beleaguered state. While most research and conversation on the subject of misinformation have focused on online platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, little is known about the spread of misinformation on mobile messaging apps, such as Telegrams and WhatsApp. These apps are particularly popular in Global South countries due to the quick spread and adoption of mobile phones in the region. Nemer aims to expand our understanding of the motivations and infrastructures behind the creation, sharing, and consumption of misinformation on messaging apps, and to build awareness and interventions to circumvent their effects. Nemer holds a Ph.D. in Computing, Culture, and Society from Indiana University, and has written for The Guardian, El País, The Huffington Post (HuffPost), Salon, and The Intercept_.