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Dr Rachel O’Dwyer

Lecturer, Digital Cultures, School of Visual Culture
National College of Art & Design (NCAD), Dublin

Rachel is a lecturer in Digital Cultures in the School of Visual Culture in the National College of Art & Design, (NCAD) Dublin. Among other things she coordinates modules on Economies of Culture and Digital Cultures and teach electives on topics such as Art and Money, Tactical Media and the Politics of Algorithms and Networks. She is formerly a Media and Communications Research Fellow in CONNECT, Trinity College Dublin, a Government of Ireland Scholar and a Fulbright scholar at UC Irvine, California’s Future of Money Research Institute.

Rachel’s research is in the area of surveillance capitalism: exploring how value is extracted through networks and platforms, with a particular focus on digital money, mobile networks and payments. She also explores the modes of resistance that emerge to surveillance capitalism, with an emphasis on artistic and activist practices. Most of her work is within the money/payments space, but she explored similar themes of online surveillance, data monetisation and resistance in her PhD research through the lens of struggles around mobile networks and the enclosure of radio spectrum.

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