SSC Seminar Series

SSC Seminar Series: Tim McSorley, International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group

Wednesday, March 1

Location: MacCorry D411 (Sociology Lounge)

Tim McSorley  (National Coordinator of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group)

Surveillance, intelligence and civil liberties in Canada

Fears over mass surveillance have been growing worldwide over the past decade, so worries about its impact hardly seem new. Recent developments in Canada, though, are raising concerns that our privacy and personal data are even less safe...

SSC Seminar Series: Denise Anthony, Dartmouth College

The Logic and Limits of Privacy as Control in the era of Big Data

Room Mac-Corry D214

Denise Anthony argues for the conceptualization of privacy as social, relational, and contextual, which recognizes that privacy intersects with social structures and institutions to affect not only individuals, but also groups and communities, and indeed the organization and functioning of society. Understanding privacy as such...

SSC Seminar Series: Gabriella Coleman, McGill University

What did the Fawkes Say: Anonymous and the Politics of Leaking 

Wednesday, January 18 

12:30 - 2:00pm, MacCorry Room D214

Outlaw tactics. Vigilante justice. Website defacement. Data dumps. In this golden age of whistleblowing and leaking, Anonymous has displayed a knack for fomenting controversy and drawing attention to its actions due to their reliance on these unconventional forms of...

SSC Seminar Series: Martin French, Concordia University

Player (Self) Tracking: Responsible Gaming in the Digital Era

Martin French, Concordia University

Wednesday, November 30 

12:30 - 2:00pm, MacCorry Room D411 (Sociology Lounge)

This presentation outlines a new project, situated at the intersection of risk studies, surveillance studies, game studies and gambling studies. Responsible gaming can be conceptualized as a late-modern governance strategy designed to regulate harms associated with institutionalization of gambling. It...

SSC Seminar Series: Susan Cahill, University of Calgary

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 12:30 – 2 pm Dr. Cahill’s talk will address the research she has conducted as part of The Art & Surveillance Project (www.artandsurveillance.com). This online curatorial project catalogues artists, artworks, and exhibitions addressing the policies and technologies of surveillance in Canada post-9/11.

SSC Seminar Series: Jennifer R. Whitson, University of Waterloo

Drawing from a two-year ethnographic study of game developers in Montreal, Canada, this talk illustrates the human aspect of informational practice, providing a description of what of big data practice looks like in the trenches of digital media production.

CANCELLED - SSC Seminar Series: Sami Coll, visiting scholar, Université du Québec à Montréal

The Order of Big Data: Towards a Digital Episteme 

Sami Coll 

Tuesday October 11th • 12:30pm - 2:00pm • Mackintosh Corry Hall D411  CANCELLED

In The Order of Things (1966) Michel Foucault historicises how knowledge is produced from the pre-classical to the modern age. Can the way big data aims at producing knowledge in the 21st century be considered a new...

SSC Seminar Series: Colin Bennett, University of Victoria

Is Your Neighbour a Liberal or a Conservative? Voter Surveillance and the ‘Data-Driven’ Election Campaign

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

12:30 – 2 pm

Stirling Hall 401

(Grad Students are also invited to join Colin Bennett for an informal discussion in MacCorry room C512 from 10.30 to 11.30 before his seminar.)

The conventional wisdom is that the modern political campaign needs to be “data driven” to consolidate...

SSC Seminar Series: Adam Molnar, Deakin University, Australia

Computer Network Operations and ‘Rule-with-Law’ in Australia and Canada
. Location: MacCorry Hall, Room D411 (Sociology Lounge). Computer Network Operations (CNOs) refer to government intrusion and/or interference with information communication infrastructures for the purposes of law enforcement and security intelligence. This presentation argues that while the domestic application of CNOs may be ‘lawful’ in Canada and Australia, their use is subject to ‘counter-law’ developments that undermine rule-of-law and threaten democratic freedoms.

SSC Seminar Series: Elia Zureik, Queen's University

Elia Zureik, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, Queen's University

"Big Data in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries"

Location: Ellis Hall Room 226

12:30-2:00pm

Elia Zureik's interest in the state of Qatar and big data is related to his work on surveillance, the Third World and colonialism. Qatar has the highest per capita income approximating $100,000 annually, and is a heavy user of information technology....

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