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The organizers are seeking written paper contributions from scholars and activists who are working in areas closely related to the question of how the governmental and corporate surveillance might best be challenged, regulated, resisted or reversed. Abstracts due 10 January 2014.
Event Sponsor: The New Transparency, a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative
Event Host: University of Ottawa
Though civil society advocates, politicians and surveillance scholars have been debating the issue for years, the revelations of Edward Snowden have brought public attention to a powerful yet questionable international surveillance apparatus. The extraordinary growth of this system appears in conjunction with the expansion of our online and mobile device-driven lives. How can users and citizens protect themselves in the face of a surveillance system that is both concealed and omnipresent? To what extent can the surveillance apparatus be resisted or democratically determined? Facilitating and achieving democratic oversight of an international surveillance system is a considerable challenge, and one that raises old questions about the role of representative governance, now revisited in the context of digital terrorist networks and the ‘Internet of things.’
Valerie Steeves, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa
Findings from qualitative interviews with young people between the ages of 11 and 17 and their parents suggest that young people feel that they are under constant surveillance online by parents, teachers and corporations, and that many of their ordinary social interactions are being reconstructed as dangerous and risky.
SSC Seminar Series:
Shoshana Magnet, PhD, Institute of Women's Studies, University of Ottawa
Corinne Mason, PhD Candidate, Institute of Women's Studies, University of Ottawa
This presentation draws on the theoretical framework of feminist surveillance studies to provide a critical response to a 2008 United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) threat assessment warning of an increase in women terrorists hiding explosives in pregnancy prosthetics and under burqas. We argue that veiled bodies provide a new “sightbyte” for othered deviance in ways that justify a number of aggressive interventions in the post- 9/11 context, including the expansion of new surveillance technologies such as backscatter X-rays aimed at making particular racialized and gendered bodies newly visible.