Refugees & Cyberculture: final progress update

The time has come for my final progress update! I have basically finished my literature review, I have organised interviewees and I am ready to start working on my digital artefact. My digital artefact is – as I’ve stated a few times by now – a video series, so I’ve been on the hunt for photos and footage available to make the series visually compelling.

I was surprised to find Creative Commons actually had a vast amount of images available for reuse within the license requirements (non-commercial reuse), as in the past I’ve found it quite limited. I have a feeling the subject matter may account for the amount of available images to reuse, as I’ve noticed various sources have an interest in sharing the varied experiences of refugees.

“Syrian refugees strike at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station. Refugee crisis. Budapest, Hungary, Central Europe, 4 September 2015.” Attribution: By Mstyslav Chernov (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

I also looked into the Youtube Standard Use License, as I intend to sample videos from Youtube to use in my series – which wasn’t so straight forward. Searching through various forums and reading the Youtube Copyrights and Rights page lead me to the Youtube Fair Use requirements. Through these requirements I saw that my series fits within the main four factors of fair use, the main being that my work is for “nonprofit educational purposes”.

And finally, I’ll wrap up this progress post by listing some of the elements of cyberculture I will be investigating:

Part One: cyber activism, public sphere, gatekeepers, social media, digital divide (access and equity)

Part Two: cyber activism, social media, new media technologies (virtual reality)

Part Three: identity theft, cybersecurity, biometrics, online censorship, gatekeepers, new media technologies (drones), surveillance

Part Four: how all of the above can shape and form representations. Part of this will be focusing on ‘othering’, which I’m also conscious of being at risk of doing myself in my previous videos…

My next post will have the first instalment of my digital project: ENGAGE. In the meantime you can check out the prezi I put together for my class presentation, which provides a visual guide to the content I will be covering in the video series by clicking on this link.

Stay tuned!


About intersectionalalien

Hi hello people of earth/space/cyberspace, intersectional alien here. I’m still trying to figure out my place on this earth. I like intersectional feminism, feminism in popular culture, LGBTQ+, refugee rights, veganism, mental health, nihilism, travelling, unlearning institutional conditioning, good tunes and consuming and creating stories.
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3 Responses to Refugees & Cyberculture: final progress update

  1. I’m really looking forward to seeing your video series on this! I think it’s a great medium for you to explore the cyberculture and refugees topic, plus it will be far more engaging for an audience to watch something rather than read it. It’s such an important topic in the global political landscape, and people need to be educated. Creating this video series means you’re contributing to informing people so for that, congratulations. I am particularly interested in seeing ‘Part Four’ – I think it’s fascinating how a lot of people in developed countries such as our own perceive refugees and somehow classify them as the ‘other’. I think this is one of the biggest issues to address for such an audience. I don’t know if you’ve come across this video yet, but check this out for a possible VR solution to that problem:
    It look’s like you’ve done great research, so good luck with the videos!

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