Thomas Linder

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, Queen's University

Thomas Linder
Thomas Linder

Thomas Linder joined the Queen’s Department of Sociology and the SSC in September 2016 as the Big Data Surveillance fellow. Drawn by the rich network of surveillance and security scholars represented in the SSC, he decided to pursue a PhD position at Queen’s under the supervision of Professor David Murakami Wood. Interested in critical theory and political sociology he did his MA at the University of Zurich in Cultural Studies and Political science, and was sparked by the Snowden revelations into applying these to Surveillance Studies.

 

He wrote his MA thesis on the antagonistic conceptions of surveillance in the post-Snowden media debate in order to explore how different concepts were instrumentalised to paint diverging pictures of the practices Snowden had revealed. Eager to move from media and discourse analysis to an investigation of surveillance technologies and practices, he seized the opportunity to do so with the SSC in Queen’s. He is currently particularly interested in emerging technologies of domestic surveillance and their impact upon policing and security regimes. In addition, as a part of the BDS project, he is working on changes to national security surveillance in the Big Data age.

 

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