Oliver Leistert studied philosophy, new german literature and computer sciences. He wrote his media studies dissertation “From Protest to Surveillance. The Political Rationality of Mobile Media“ (2013, winner of the Surveillance & Society book award 2014) as a stipendiary of the DFG-funded research group “Automatisms” at Paderborn university and as a research fellow at the Central European University in Budapest. Currently he works at the chair of media cultures at Leuphana University Lüneburg, where he conceptualizes digital milieus following insights from Simondon and Guattari, and as a post-doc researcher at the “Complexity or Control? Paradigms for sustainable development” project (https://complexitycontrol.org/). His research interests focus on social and mobile media, algorithms and affect, protest media and surveillance, and the technological capture of relationality. Recent publications include (co-edited with Lina Dencik) “Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest. Between Control and Emancipation” (Rowman & Littlefield 2015) and “Social Bots as Algorithmic Pirates and Messengers of Techno-Environmental Agency” in: Robert Seyfert & Jonathan Roberge (eds.): Algorithmic Cultures (Routledge 2016).