Oliver Leistert studied philosophy, computer science and German literature. He is a member of the DFG Graduiertenkolleg "Automatismen" in Paderborn. His main interests are mobile media, surveillance media, protest media, social media, open source and open access, privacy enhancing technologies, media theory, and political economy of communication.
Since September 2014, Oliver is Board Member at the ESRC funded research project "Digital Citizenship and Surveillance Society: UK State-Media-Citizen Relations after the Snowden Leaks" at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC), Cardiff University. The investigator team is comprised of Arne Hintz (Cardiff University), Ian Brown (Oxford Internet Institute), Michael Rogers (Briar), Lina Dencik (Cardiff University) and Karin Wahl-Jorgensen (Cardiff University).
Since October 2013 Oliver Leistert is a Post-Doc at the DFG-Research Training Group Automatisms at University Paderborn.
From June to July 2013 he was a stand-in Post-Doc at the DFG-Research Training Group Automatisms at University Paderborn.
He received his doctoral degree from the University Paderborn in October 2013 with his thesis "Mobile Media: Protest and Surveillance: On the Political Rationality of Ubiquitous Individual Connectivity" ("summa cum laude"). The resulting book has won the Surveillance & Society book award 2014.
From October 2012 to March 2013 he was a lecturer at the Institute of Media Studies, University Paderborn.
From June 2011 to March 2012, he was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Media and Communication Studies at Central European University Budapest (http://cmcs.ceu.hu//)
From May 2009 to April 2012 he was a grant holder at the DFG-Research Training Group Automatisms at University Paderborn.
Oliver Leistert runs a little blog. Please check it out for his latest publications and research: http://nomedia.noblogs.org. Here you also find pdfs of almost all things published by Oliver.