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Pip Thornton is a PhD candidate in Geopolitics and Cybersecurity at Royal Holloway, University of London. With a professional background in the police and the military, she holds BA degrees in History and Politics (Liverpool) and English Literature (OU), and a Masters in English from King’s College London. Pip is one of the first cohort of students recruited into the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Cybersecurity (CDT) in 2013.

Linguistic Geographies was created in June 2015, after I finally worked out what it is I am actually doing with this PhD topic. The blog will explore how words, language and meaning move through digital spaces, and will hopefully become a useful parallel to my main thesis which – in a blatant but I think very relevant appropriation of Walter Benjamin- is provisionally entitled Language in the Age of Algorithmic Reproduction.

I am also a member of the social and cultural geography group Landscape Surgery, with some blog postings there too, a contributing editor of the Royal Holloway Geopolitics and Security blog, and a member of the organising committee for the academic film society Passengerfilms.

Sitting somewhere in between the Geography Department and the Information Security Group, my PhD is supervised by Prof. Pete Adey and Prof. Keith Martin.

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