Hector Postigo’s research focuses on the structures and processes established between technology, science, law and society. His most recent research has focused on socio-computational systems and how they shape and are shaped by social movements, video games, intellectual property, and privacy law. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation and the European Commission 7th Programme. Along with research articles in the biological sciences, communication and legal studies he has authored the book, The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright (MIT Press, 2012) and is co-editor of the book Branding Privacy Through Accountability (Palgrave Press, 2012).
At CASBS, Postigo will focus on analyzing cell phone footage documenting police and state actors’ confrontations with the public, the role of that footage in shaping recent jurisprudence and its potential for shaping emerging accountability policies for police and state actors. Postigo has spent the last two years amassing a database of that footage and its attendant legal and news reporting record. Because footage is dispersed across social media, sharing platforms, court records and in news reports that database will serve as a curated public resource for research on the topic for future scholars and activists.
Postigo is associate professor of media studies and production at Temple University and, until last spring, visiting fellow at Yale School of Law’s Information Society Project. He is co-founder of Culture Digitally, a research blog for multidisciplinary research. He received his PhD in science and technology studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his MS in physiology and neurobiology from the University of Connecticut.