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Neighbourhoods have been quick to adopt WhatsApp as a tool for urban surveillance across the world, from The Netherlands, India and Israel, to the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil. The platform has enabled intimate forms of keeping ‘eyes on the street’, through which the politics of community membership are constantly performed and negotiated.

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Date 9 December 2020
Time 14:00 -17:00

Vigilant Neighbours: City Surveillance and WhatsApp is an interactive online workshop designed around the question: ‘How do urban communities create spaces of belonging and alienation through technology?’. During the session, we will engage this overarching question in relation to four themes that are key to understanding the politics of WhatsApp surveillance: spatiality, digitality, affect and governance. 

We are committed to facilitating an active and interactive session, which will also engage participants in ‘offscreen’ activities. The online workshop will be a co-creation setting for a subsequent multimedia publication, in which all participants will be credited. The publication will be produced by the multidisciplinary team behind Vigilant Neighbours: Natalie Dixon, Carolina Frossard, Alex Gekker, Rivke Jaffe and Klasien van de Zandschulp.

There is a limited number of spots for this workshop, which will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Please register by sending an email to before November 13, 2020. Registration will be confirmed by November 16. You will receive a Zoom link in advance of the event.

Date:             December 9, 2020
Time:             14.00 to 17.00 (CET)
Location:      via Zoom 

Vigilant Neighbours: City Surveillance and WhatsApp is made possible by a Joint Seed Grant of the CUS and CREATE