Events unfolding in the US indicate growing unrest and disillusionment that affect all of society. Systemic racism has led to protests triggered by the murder of George Floyd across the US, with allied uprisings in other countries such as New Zealand and the UK. Where these movements suggest a sea change in racial politics, they are also embedded within a raft of national security issues and technologies. The resonance of the Black Lives Matter movement draws renewed attention to the role of technology in its local and international spread, the presence of the far right both online and offline, and questions its impact on national security in the US and beyond.
This webinar explores how racial politics in the US is both affected by and affects wider society, technology and national security at large. Speakers will address polarisations that have come to the fore, the role of disinformation and fake news, and how they contribute to the perpetuation of violence. A close look will also be taken toward understanding growing faultlines and the line blurred between mainstream culture and subcultures as various groups from the Antifa to right-wing militia emerge as key actors in protests online and offline.