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A key component of our project are the research seminars we regularly hold throughout the academic term to draw other co-investigators, students, and partners together for round-table discussions.
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Alice Marwick, Assistant Professor, Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University
Networked Privacy & Social Surveillance
Traditional models of privacy are individualistic, but networked data challenges how privacy operates. Social technologies enable people to widely share information about others without consent, and investigate what others are doing. This talk examines the relationship between social media, the shift to networked privacy, and the prevalence of social surveillance.
Didier Bigo, Professor, Department of War Studies, King's College London
Elspeth Guild, Professor, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
Implications of Cyber Mass Surveillance for Sovereignty, Security, Freedom, Fundamental Rights and Democracy after the revelation of the secret programs: PRISM, Tempora
What do we know concerning the surveillance programs spearheaded by the NSA? What they do (and do not), what fears have been generated by the revelation concentrating first on the specificities of cyber mass surveillance? What is the legality and legitimacy of the programmes?
Peter Marks, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Sydney
The Meme They Couldn’t Hang: George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and surveillance theory
The rocketing US sales of Nineteen Eighty-Four after Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations underline its centrality in the public imagination, against its more complex relationship with surveillance theory, from Rule’s foundational work to Liquid Surveillance (2013). This talk assesses its relevance to contemporary surveillance and to the “cultural turn” in surveillance studies.
Benjamin Muller, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, King's University College and Centre for American Studies, Western University
Towards a ‘Ferocious Architecture’: preliminary reflections on the Sonoran borderlands
To what extent has the amplification of border security surveillance and identification technologies contributed to reconstructed and rearticulated architectures of borders and borderlands? How do these changes reinforce particular performances of nationhood and contribute to symbolic ruptures in borderland communities? This preliminary research examines these issues in the context of the border town of Nogales, which straddles the Arizona-Sonora border.
The Myth of the Moustachioed Marketer? Marketers’ experiences of surveillance
Alex Mitchell, PhD candidate, School of Business, Queen's University
This presentation explores the surveillance aspects of contemporary marketing practices through a discussion of the experiences of marketers. Recent empirical findings suggest marketers feel overwhelmed and unprepared to effectively understand and respond to the growth in available data. Anxiety over a “capabilities gap” may reinforce pre-existing social structures which exacerbate concerns over the surveillant dimensions of marketing activities.
We kick off the new term on Wednesday, September 11, 12.30pm-1.30pm, in the Sociology Lounge, Mac-Corry D411. The aim of the meeting is to give everyone the opportunity to welcome new and returning students, staff and faculty, and to update each other on recent and ongoing research as it relates to surveillance studies. Please come prepared to discuss your current work. Pizza will be provided.
Please R.S.V.P. (email@example.com) by 10am on Tuesday, September 10.
New York University
Media, Culture, and Communication & Computer Science
Director, Information Law Institute and
2013 Brockington Visitor
Tuesday, March 19
Mac-Corry Hall, Room D207
Data obfuscation promises relief against powerful machinations of aggregation, mining, and profiling. As a form of DIY privacy protection it circumvents the individual's dependence on corporate and governmental actors, whose interests often are served by practices of unfettered surveillance. Promising as it is, however, obfuscation raises scientific, ethical, and political questions, questions this seminar will address.
This seminar is followed by:
This session is primarily targeted towards graduate students (and other interested folks) and offers personal engagement with Helen Nissenbaum. Bring your questions!
Amelia Cheston, MA Candidate, Department of Sociology, Queen's University
Consumer surveillance, seen in the social sorting capabilities of loyalty marketing, is gendered. Men and women are targeted in different ways by different marketing schemes, depending on the calculated value of their digital profiles. The Canadian findings from the 2006 Globalization of Personal Data survey are interrogated for a background analysis of gender and loyalty, using supplementary evidence from interviews with loyalty marketing executives.
Amanda Glasbeek, Associate Professor, Department of Social Science, York University and
Emily van der Meulen, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Ryerson University
This talk draws on primary data from a Toronto-based, mixed-methods study with 50 women, and offers insights on the paradox of visibility engendered by CCTV. Glasbeek and van der Meulen's work considers the differential impacts video surveillance has on women for whom the city may be a site of leisure, entertainment, survival, danger, pleasure, insecurity, and/or labour.