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Matt Mahmoudi

Network Member

Centre of Development Studies


I am a PhD candidate at the Centre of Development Studies, POLIS. As Jo Cox Scholar, my research focuses on technological marginalisation amongst refugees and asylum seekers and examines the justice implications of new digital boundaries to socioeconomic life in cities in an era of “datafied refuge.” My work is especially relevant to issues surrounding trust; trust in digital infrastructures that adversely include (or exclude) marginalised groups such as vulnerable migrant populations, who are in turn forced to inhabit precarious living conditions as a result (either under regimes of severe neoliberal casualisation, or invasive surveillance technologies). 

I work on a number of other Cambridge-based initiatives, including: the Cambridge branch of Amnesty International’s Digital Verification Corps (co-founded with Dr Ella McPherson); Declarations: The Human Rights Podcast at the Centre of Governance & Human Rights; and

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The Trust & Technology Initiative brings together and drives forward interdisciplinary research from Cambridge and beyond to explore the dynamics of trust and distrust in relation to internet technologies, society and power; to better inform trustworthy design and governance of next generation tech at the research and development stage; and to promote informed, critical, and engaging voices supporting individuals, communities and institutions in light of technology’s increasing pervasiveness in societies.

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