Overturning Wrongful Convictions; Iran’s Cyberwarfare — 1.13.18

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We spoke with Deirdre Enright director of investigation at the Innocence Project at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Law; and Emily Blout, professor in the Department of Media Studies at UVA, about Iran protests and cyberwarfare. 

DETAILS:

Deirdre Enright investigates wrongful convictions of inmates throughout Virginia. We focused on the case of Messiah Johnson, represented by the Innocence Project, who was just pardoned yesterday (Jan 12, 2018). He has been in prison for 20 years, serving a 132 year sentence, for a robbery that credible evidence says he didn’t commit.

Does this case exemplify exactly what’s wrong with the justice system, how common are wrongful convictions like this? We’ll spoke to Enright about the case.

Emily Blout, professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia, spoke to us about Iran protests and cyberwarfare. Blout studies the history and politics of media in Iran, cyberwarfare and issues relating to ideology, identity, and sovereignty in the hypermedia space.

We discussed the recent protests in Iran (which began Dec 28, 2017), how they differ from the ones in 2009 and specifically the strategies the regime uses around the internet and media.

Her book, “Soft War: Media, Culture, and the Legitimation of Power in Iran” is a case study of media politics and ideology in the modern state.

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RESOURCES
Innocence Project
Deirdre Enright
Emily Blout – UVA
Emily Blout’s Website
Blout’s Upcoming Book:  “Soft War: Media, Culture, and the Legitimation of Power in Iran” – A case study of media politics and ideology in the modern state.

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