The Role of Technology Companies (IRSP 1)

IRSP I: The Role of Technology Companies in Promoting Surveillance Internationally (Team Leaders: Kirstie Ball, Open University, and Laureen Snider, Queen's University)

The objective for this IRSP is to map, describe and understand the dynamics of the corporate and government networks which are responsible for producing surveillance in key social domains of: (a) public or semi public space (e.g. policing, military activity, airports, national borders), (b) digital media (e.g. online surfing, emailing, financial and social networking), and (c) mega events (e.g. world summits or large international sports events). No current investigations of the political economy of surveillance attempt to substantiate empirically, systematize and compare these phenomena in a thoroughgoing fashion. Research will examine the framing, design and operation of surveillance through empirical studies of corporate and government networks. The genealogy and historical development of technological practices and techniques will be investigated through documents, key informant interviews and site-specific research.

The research workshop The Political Economy of Surveillance is an outcome of IRSP I.

Video: IRSP 1 presentation: The role of technology companies in promoting surveillance internationally

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Annotated Bibliographies

Innovation Process, by Brenda McPhail, May 2009, The New Transparency Project, Annotated Bibliography I, IRSP I.

Innovation Diffusion and Technology Transfer, by Sandra Robinson, May 2009, The New Transparency Project, Annotated Bibliography II, IRSP I.

Supply Chain Management, by Caroline Emberson, June 2009, The New Transparency Project, Annotated Bibliography III, IRSP I.

Competition, by Sotiris Rompas, June 2009, The New Transparency Project, Annotated Bibliography IV, IRSP I.

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