Rashid Gabdulhakov publishes article in special issue of Surveillance and Society Journal

PhD Candidate Rashid Gabdulhakov recently published an academic article in a special issue of the Surveillance and Society Journal. The article is titled "Citizen-Led Justice in Post-Communist Russia: From Comrades’ Courts to Dotcomrade Vigilantism."

This paper aims to provide a theoretical conceptualization of digital vigilantism in its manifestation in the Russian Federation. Given the significant historical context of collective justice under Communism, the current manifestation of digital vigilantism in Russia raises questions about whether it is an example of re-packaged history backed with collective memory or a natural outspread of conventional practices to social networks.

The paper argues that despite new affordances that digital media and social networks brought about in the sphere of citizen-led justice, the role of the state in manifesting this justice in the Russian Federation remains significant. At the same time, with technological advances, certain key features of these practices, such as participants, their motives, capacity, targets, and audience engagement have undergone a significant evolution.

To read the publication, go to this link.