Tactical Technology Collective


A short essay authored for Tactical Technology Collective about the ways in which gender and sexuality are mobilised as border technologies of their own.

Read “Queer enough? Categories and norms at the border” here.

The critique of border technologies often centres around technologies like walls or fences, drone and radar surveillance, full body imaging, facial recognition technology, biometric data, or predictive algorithms that draw on social media and other digital databases. That is, the work of sensing, identifying and keeping track of bodies through digital and bureaucratic technologies, often to keep them out. This essay turns to gender and sexuality as technologies that are also mobilised along the border, operating to structure admission and exclusion of asylum seekers who have fled persecution based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. It shows how gendered logics of classification and sexual taxonomies work to reproduce and normalise a particular set of queer identities.

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Tactical Technology Collective CC BY-NC-SA 4.0