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Dr Phoebe Fletcher

Dr Phoebe Fletcher is a board member and Vice President of Political Science and International Affairs for The Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and International Studies. She runs programmes and analyses how social media is leveraged into current affairs, public policy and mass media.

Phoebe spent the early part of her career as a blogger and political commentator. During her time at the University of Auckland, Phoebe produced her thesis on Body Politics: War and Nationalism in the Post-9/11 American Splatter Film, exploring the rise of what has been dubbed as “Torture Porn”. Hollywood movies like Saw and Hostel were released following 9/11 and drew from metonymic images of the War on Terror – in particular, the images of abuse emerging from Abu Ghraib.

In 2015, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and International Studies offered Phoebe the role of Director for Social Media Studies and Political Science and has since taken up the role of Vice President of Political Science and International Affairs.

On this week’s People of Tech, Phoebe joins Charles to discuss her work and her thoughts on the implementation of Smart Cities.

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Inside this episode:

01:36 Phoebe talks us through her career and explains her thesis.

10:11 The role Phoebe has for the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and International Studies.

12:36 Is social media a good or a bad thing for the world?

20:30 Phoebe’s opinion of Smart Cities and the role they will play in resolving international crises.

29:31 Could Smart Cities lead us into a new, utopian world?

39:12 The fear of cyber attacks.

42:12 Phoebe gives her thoughts on the biggest challenges ahead.

45:55 How Phoebe switches off.

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