Surveillance Studies Centre

The Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) at Queen’s University is committed to high quality research on the growth of surveillance globally, exploring many aspects of contemporary monitoring, tracking, management and control. The SSC is also part of a broad network of surveillance research that is both multi-disciplinary and international.

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Big Data Surveillance

The primary funding of the Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) is from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). We are currently working on a five-year Big Data Surveillance (BDS) project funded by a SSHRC Parnership Grant. The Big Data Surveillance project examines the relationship between big data and surveillance in three linked streams: security, marketing, and governance. This project focuses mainly on the vulnerabilities generated by big data surveillance.

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Big Data Surveillance

Big Data Surveillance

In the world of big data surveillance, huge amounts of data are sucked into systems that store, combine and analyze them, to create patterns and reveal trends that can be used for Security, Marketing and Governance
The New Transparency

The New Transparency

The New Transparency makes visible the identities of individuals, workings of institutions and flows of information in ways never before seen.
Globalization of Personal Data

Globalization of Personal Data

An investigation of some of the many ways that personal data flow across borders, with a special focus on increased security concerns after 9/11, and the goal of highlighting and explaining the social, political and economic consequences of those flows.

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New Book: The Culture of Surveillance: Watching as a Way of Life

By David Lyon, Polity Press , March 2018 From 9/11 to the Snowden leaks, stories about surveillance increasingly dominate the headlines. But security and police agencies or internet and phone... Read more about @title...

Cambridge Analytica shows the perils of ‘voter analytics’ industry

By Colin Bennett, Opinion, iPolitics , March 21, 2018 Recent revelations about the practices of the British company, Cambridge Analytica (CA), raise a larger set of questions about democracy: Should... Read more about @title...

Facebook’s data scandal highlights risks of Canada’s weak internet sovereignty

By Andrew Clement, Contributed to The Globe and Mail , March 25, 2018 Canadians are rightfully troubled by recent news of Cambridge Analytica's abuse of Facebook data for psychographic profiling... Read more about @title...

Surveillance Studies Centre

Surveillance of many kinds is growing rapidly throughout the world and the Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) at Queen’s University is committed to high quality research to follow such developments.

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