On 7 October 2021, Rashid Gabdulhakov defended his PhD dissertation "Digital vigilantism in Russia: Citizen-led justice in the context of social change and social harm". This dissertation describes four years of scientific inquiry into the phenomenon of digital vigilantism. Focusing on Russia, it investigates a unique case where the ruling elites are negotiating a relationship with some digitally savvy citizens while censoring the digital domain and otherwise controlling online self-expression.
Promotor: Prof. dr. Susanne Janssen
Co-promotor: Dr. D. Trottier
After four years of intensive research and fieldwork in Russia, Rashid Gabdulhakov successfully defended his PhD on 7 October 2021. The dissertation entitled "Digital vigilantism in Russia: Citizen-led justice in the context of social change and social harm" was part of the NWO-supported project "Digital Vigilantism: Mapping the terrain and assessing societal impacts" (276-45-004) led by Dr. Daniel Trotter. Having defended with honours (cum laude) Rashid assumed a new position of Assistant Professor at the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies at the University of Groningen.