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Colin Nusbaum is an aspiring media artist, theorist, and filmmaker. He received his B.A. degree in Political Theory from The College of Wooster and is pursuing an M.A. in Media Studies and Film at The New School. His research interests include Power and Governance, News Media, Cybernetics, Film Theory and Cinematic Practice. In addition to academic study, Colin also works professionally as an archival researcher and producer for documentary film and television in New York City, and he is a founding member of Rustbelts Media Group.
Cyber-Governmentality in Saudi Arabia: Filtering Online Content toward the Institutional Administration of Life
This report sets out to examine how the philosophical and practical roles of modern governments as online policing agencies can actively sustain institutionalized worldviews. The focus is on the role of Saudi Arabian Internet filters as disciplinary tools of governmentality, as outlined by Michel Foucault. The paper examines the impact of regulated information and social behavior online as it contributes to shared beliefs, values, and mores. Specifically, the research engages the case of Saudi Arabia as it overtly and admittedly impedes access to Internet content that is either socially or politically undesirable. The paper finds that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia engages in the exchange of power in ways that reflect a disciplinary society and a community that resists neo-liberal globalization. Ultimately, the goal of the report is to consider the aims of these of truth-crafting filters and consider citizens’ options for sanctioned dialogue or resistance.