Surveillance Studies Centre

Call for Papers on Surveillance and Society

XVII International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology 11-17 July 2010 Gothenburg, Sweden Session 1: Surveillance and Popular Culture

This session will analyze overlaps between popular media representations of surveillance and actual surveillance practices. Attention will be given to the role of media in translating public concerns over new surveillance systems and the influence of media upon the...

Call for Participants

Preempting Dissent: Open Sourcing Secrecy

An Open Source Documentary Film Project Call for Videos, Testimonials, Photographs, and other Audio Visual Materials This project examines new forms of social control including the proliferation of Tasers and the rise of “no-fly” and watch-lists. We are seeking contributions to this project in the form of video, still images, and testimonials. This content...

Mat Johnson wins essay prize

Mat Johnson is the 2008-09 winner of a new Essay Contest established by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

The paper entitled "Protecting Privacy in Public: The Need for Public Surveillance Regulation in Canada", was written under the supervision of Professor Art Cockfield, who encouraged Mat to enter this new essay contest. Mat will receive $2,500 for...

SCAN Awarded OPC Funding

The Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has awarded SCAN (Surveillance Cameras Awareness Network, an affiliated pan-Canadian group of The Surveillance Project) $50,000 to complete research and produce a report on Video Surveillance in Canada and to mount an international research workshop on the same theme.

Read the official OPC announcement here: ...

Privacy and Surveillance at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games

New report available by Philip J. Boyle and Kevin D. Haggerty on Privacy Games: The Vancouver Olympics, Privacy and Surveillance . Prepared for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Under the Contributions Program, March 2009.

New Book: Lessons from the identity trail

Congratulations to Ian Kerr, Valerie Steeves and Carole Lucock on their edited collection Lessons from the Identity Trail: Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society .

This book examines key questions about anonymity, privacy, and identity in an environment that increasingly automates the collection of personal information and relies upon surveillance to promote private and public sector...

New Report on Facial Recognition Technology

Facial Recognition Technology: A Survey of Policy and Implementation Issues , by Lucas D. Introna and Helen Nissenbaum, now available.

The report highlights the potential and limitations of Facial Recognition Technology (FRT), noting those tasks for which it seems ready for deployment, those areas where performance obstacles may be overcome by future technological developments or sound operating...

Surveillance Games

By Philip J. Boyle and Kevin D. Haggerty

February 25, 2009

Now that the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics are receding into memory, we can contemplate the wider significance of this travelling five ring circus. The games now amount to a machine for change, initiating processes that operate at different levels to produce legacies that reverberate long after the...

News Series on The Surveillance Society

Don Butler has written a week-long series on the surveillance society in the Ottawa Citizen , involving several members of The New Transparency Project .

See the following stories:

Surveillance Series, Ottawa Citizen 2009 by Don Butler

Part I: A very different world Since 9/11 the use of close-circuit TV cameras has exploded

Part II: Devil in the details When it comes to social sorting, you are what you eat, buy, surf, post

Part III: Social networking or social spying?

Part IV: Keeping tabs goes high-tech More and more, we're spying on each other — and it's getting easier

Part V: You've been targeted

Graduate Law Fellowship in Privacy Law Studies

The Faculty of Law at Queen's University welcomes applications from interested candidates who wish to study privacy