Anita Gohdes

Professor of International and Cyber Security
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Hertie School

Anita R. Gohdes (she/her) is Professor of International and Cyber Security at the Hertie School in Berlin. She works at the intersection of international security and technology, and is the author of the recently published book “Repression in the Digital Age: Surveillance, Censorship, and the Dynamics of State Violence” (Oxford University Press). Previously, she was an Assistant Professor University of Zurich and postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School. Since 2009, she has worked for the California-based non-profit organisation Human Rights Data Analysis Group. You can find her on Twitter, Bluesky, and Mastodon as @argohdes


Brute Force Censorship Never Went Out Of Style: Why Internet Shutdowns Fuel Political Violence, And What To Do About It

Anita Gohdes

Brute-force censorship persists globally—from Iran and Ethiopia to the invasion of Ukraine — large-scale Internet blackouts are everywhere. Governments claim they reduce violence, when the opposite is true. This talk will investigate how shutdowns fuel violence and what we can do about it.
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