Killer Loan Apps and the Entanglements of Digital Debt in India

This talk introduces a new research project I will be conducting on digital lending and everyday forms of indebtedness in India through an analysis of scandals around “killer loan apps” developed by quasi-legal companies who engaged in aggressive loan recovery tactics that drove several borrowers to commit suicide. Rather than an aberration, I argue that the scandal around killer loan apps draws attention to the ways that digital lending is shifting the terms of debt relations in India. As borrowers’ data comes to guarantee loan repayments, the entanglements of digital debt are new and threatening forms of subjugation.


Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 937 9210 4939

Passcode: 800615

Date & time

Mon 21 Mar 2022, 3–4pm


RSSS building, room 2.56, and streaming online


Adam Sargent, Western Sydney University


Matt Tomlinson


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