[WRITER/ACADEMIC] Article Acceptance for High-Ranking @SurvSoc_Journal

Really pleased to hear that the journal article that I've been working on over the past year has had it's final edits accepted, and should be published (open access) later in the year in Surveillance and Society Journal (I'll likely share then too). Social Media, Peer Surveillance, Spiritual Formation and Mission: Practicing Christian Faith in a Surveilled Public Space By 2018, social media has become a part of everyday life, including the faith lives of many.…

[RESEARCH] Simple Survey into Social Media and Spiritual Formation (#Surveillance)

The other day I submitted a paper, resulting from the 'Surveillance and Religion Conference' in Edinburgh earlier this year, on social media and spiritual formation. It's useful to get some insights into what people think, to add a little colour, but also to trigger new avenues of thought that can be connected with pre-existing academic research in new ways, or suggest new avenues for research. Last month, therefore, a simple survey was created, and once…

[QUESTION] What is Spiritual Formation (in a digital age)? #Surveillance

As I can never find Facebook posts again when I want them, I saved some of the thoughts that are helping trigger a presentation in Edinburgh shortly, on spiritual formation and any kind of awareness of surveillance online. I noted that the responses may be made public, if anonymised! What do you understand by spiritual formation? Would you say that social media has impacted on this at all? Does the fact that others are 'observing…

Cypherpunks and Surveillance?

An interesting article to note to read re 'Cypherpunks' - suggested by @FuturePersp in tweets after last night's #SMWLDN event - this paragraph caught my eye: Child pornography, terrorism, money laundering and the ‘War on Some Drugs’: these are the flagship issues which are bandied around by those making the case for the surveillance and centralisation of our online lives, or the outlawing of privacy-protection software.  Cypherpunks gives them the (somewhat contrived) title, ‘the Four Horsemen of the…