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Simon Willmetts

Simon Willmetts, Assistant Professor at Leiden University
Simon Willmetts

Simon Willmetts is Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs He is a cultural historian interested in the history of secrecy, intelligence, surveillance and digital privacy. His research focusses upon the wider social and cultural impact of secret intelligence services and their activities. His first book, In Secrecy’s Shadow: The OSS and CIA in Hollywood Cinema (2016), examines the collapse of public trust in government in the aftermath of the Second World War through the lens of post-war spy cinema. More recently, he has become interested in the way in which contemporary dystopian fiction has interpreted and shaped debates about digital privacy.

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