Review of my book “Mobile Media. From Protest to Surveillance”

Marta Brzezinska has written a review of my book “Mobile Media. From Protest to Surveillance” for Surveillance She closes by writing: “Without any doubt Oliver Leistert’s book proves vital to the field of contemporary aspects of surveillance, the power and media and in the same time provokes to discuss theoretical perspectives on dimensions of modern society.”

Rezension “From Protest to Surveillance” und “Generation Facebook” von Joachim Hirsch

Joachim Hirsch hat in einer Doppelrezension mein Buch “From Protest to Surveillance. The Political Rationality of Mobile Media” sowie den gemeinsam mit Theo Röhle herausgegebenen Sammelband “Generation Facebook” besprochen. Solch positive Resonanz erfreut das Herz. (“Der Verfasser hat eine gut recherchierte und argumentativ überzeugende Analyse vorgelegt.”) Gleichzeitig ist der Text eine sehr gelungene Zusammenfassung beider Bücher, die besonders für das Mobile Media Buch (weil im Original auf englisch)  hilfreich ist.


My book is out!

Today I got heavy post to my home from the publisher Peter Lang. It contained my copies of my book “From Protest to Surveillance – The Political Rationality of Mobile Media” which soon will be available here. It comes in hardcover and looks very solid – something not so common anymore these days. The price is too high, but I had no say in it. The book is a revised and slightly updated version of my dissertation.

The synopsis:
The book argues that the mobile as a political technology in a broad sense facilitates the global export of the Western concept of individuality. This empowers those subjectivities and mindsets which can adapt to the communication regime of ubiquitous connectivity. Exemplifying two focal points – the use in protests and the surveillance of mobile phones – the book traces political trajectories of mobile phones, just as it provides deep insights into the actual practice of mobile phone use by activists and their surveillance. 50 semi-structured interviews with activists from countries including Brazil, India, Pakistan and Mexico offer a detailed and profound discussion of mobile phone success and failures in different struggles for justice. By situating mobile phone mass dissemination within a political rationality of neoliberalism and its political technology of governmentality, it shows how sovereign rule updates to catch up with the subject’s empowerment through mobile phones. The limits of mobile phone impact on activism are examined, and how it compromises its users when new sovereign means such as data retention or silent SMS surveillance are invoked.

If you are interested in a copy for reviews, please contact the publisher.

Mobile Security Guide

Some weeks ago, the mobile security guide by TacticalTech and Frontline went online. What I like about it a lot is the number of translations: Burmese, 简体中文, Français, Bahasa Indonesia, فارسی, Русский, Español, ภาษาไทย, Tibetan, Tiếng Việt!

In English, the introduction reads:

The mobile security section includes hands-on guides for a number of Freeware or Open Source smartphone applications which will help to make your smartphone use more secure. As with the hands-on guides for computer applications, they guide you through the process of downloading and configuring the applications, and include screenshots and step-by-step instructions to help you follow along.

The guide is also part of the larger security in a box framework, where it has many more examples and gives a larger picture of security problems with smart phones.

Since I helped writing the chapter and the guide, I thought I should mention this on my little blog.