The Global Context: Rethinking Strangers and Neighbours



In 2009 a UK broadsheet newspaper carried the story that locals in an Australian bar were spending time online monitoring the US-Mexico border via live webcam links. ‘Once logged in the [Australian] volunteers spend hours studying the landscape and are encouraged to email authorities when they see anyone on foot, in vehicles or aboard boats heading towards US territory from Mexico’.1 In fact, the US/Mexico border can now be policed by anyone with an Internet connection, hence it being dubbed the ‘Google border’.2 This form of vigilante securitization has of course attracted a good deal of criticism: ‘Border security deserves trained professionals, not pub-goers in Perth’.3


Global Process Global Context Identity Construction Global City Cultural Globalization 
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© Chris Rumford 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal HollowayUniversity of LondonUK

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