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Events-based Controls

This is part of a series of videos and reading lists we’ve collected based on themes in Citizen Lab research. You can find more on the Tools & Resources page.

How do events on the ground impact information controls online? The Internet has facilitated citizens’ communications, allowing them to organize and mobilize for political or social causes. Governments, on the other hand, have used technologies to spy on its citizens and censor information with the aim of stifling dissent. Major sporting events—like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup—have also been used to introduce security measures and justify surveillance capabilities that often have a lasting legacy in the countries or regions where this happens.



Reading List

Malik, Abdul. “From Winnipeg to Tokyo: Sports capitalism and the surveillance state.” Canadian Dimension, December 8, 2020.

“Censored Commemoration: Chinese Live Streaming Platform YY Focuses Censorship on June 4 Memorials and Activism in Hong Kong.” The Citizen Lab, June 4, 2019.

Gaffney, Martin Müller, Christopher. “Comparing the Urban Impacts of the FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games From 2010 to 2016.” Journal of Sport and Social Issues, May 11, 2018.

“Information Controls during Military Operations in Yemen.” The Citizen Lab, October 21, 2015.

“Information Controls during Thailand’s 2014 Coup.” The Citizen Lab, July 9, 2014.

“IGF 2013: Islands of Control, Islands of Resistance: Monitoring the 2013 Indonesian IGF (Foreword).” The Citizen Lab, December 16, 2013.

“Correlating Political Events with Censorship on Weibo: ‘Bo Xilai.’” The Citizen Lab, December 11, 2013.

“Monitoring Information Controls During the Bali IGF.” The Citizen Lab, October 21, 2013.

Soldatov, Andrei, and Irina Borogan. “Russia’s Surveillance State.” World Policy Journal 30, no. 3 (September 1, 2013): 23–30.

“Information Operations and Tibetan Rights in the Wake of Self-Immolations.” The Citizen Lab, March 9, 2012.

Bennett, Colin J., and Kevin Haggerty, eds. Security Games: Surveillance and Control at Mega-Events. 1 edition. Routledge, 2012.

Gillham, Patrick F. “Securitizing America: Strategic Incapacitation and the Policing of Protest Since the 11 September 2001 Terrorist Attacks.” Sociology Compass 5, no. 7 (2011): 636–52.

“Agentura.Ru – Russia’s Surveillance State.” Accessed June 24, 2020.

“Mega-Events: A Surveillance Legacy.” Coding Rights. Accessed July 7, 2020.