Elia Zureik

Elia Zureik
Queen's University


Surveillance and Control in Israel/Palestine
Edited by Elia Zureik, David Lyon, and Yasmeen Abu-LabanSCIP-cover
Routledge, 2010

Surveillance is always a means to an end, whether that end is influence, management or entitlement. This book examines the several layers of surveillance that control the Palestinian population in Israel and the Occupied Territories, showing how they operate, how well they work, how they are augmented, and how in the end their chief purpose is population control. Showing how what might be regarded as exceptional elsewhere is here regarded as the norm, the book looks not only at the political economy of surveillance and its technological and military dimensions, but also at the ordinary ways that Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories are affected in their everyday lives.


Surveillance, Privacy and the Globalization of Personal Information: International ComparisonsSurveillance, Privacy, and the Globalization of Personal Information: International Comparisons
Edited by Elia Zureik, L. Lynda Harling Stalker, Emily Smith, David Lyon, and Yolande E. Chan
McGill-Queen's University Press, 2010

The world has become familiar with the unprecedented growth of surveillance after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, but a comprehensive analysis of the public's opinion of how their privacy is being protected or invaded has been unavailable - until now. Surveillance, Privacy, and the Globalization of Personal Information reports the findings of an international survey of citizens' experiences with newly implemented security measures and their perceptions about privacy issues.


Global Surveillance and Policing: Borders, security, identityGlobal Surveillance
Edited by Elia Zureik and Mark B. Salter
Willan Publishing, 2005

Since the 9.11 attacks in North America and the accession of the Schengen Accord in Europe there has been widespread concern with international borders, the passage of people and the flow of information across borders. States have fundamentally changed the ways in which they police and monitor this mobile population and its personal data. This book brings together leading authorities in the field who have been working on the common problem of policing and surveillance at physical and virtual borders at a time of increased perceived threat. It is concerned with both theoretical and empirical aspects of the ways in which the modern state attempts to control its borders and mobile population. --Willan Publishing

Computers, Surveillance, and Privacy
co-edited with David Lyon
University of Minnesota Press, 1996

Co-edited with surveillance scholar David Lyon, this is probably the first reader in surveillance studies – avant la lettre. New technologies are seen to boost surveillance capacities in striking ways and the concept of “privacy” is contested as an appropriate antidote to surveillance threats. The contributors comprise a classic who’s who in surveillance studies so there is theoretical and political debate as well as a strong sense of consensus about what are the key issues.

Public Dissemination Venues

Zureik, Elia Colonial Oversight in Red Pepper:The powers that see: Surveillance Unlimited (Oct/Nov 2013)

Journal Articles

Zureik, E. and Abbe Mowshowitz. "Consumer Power in the Digital Society." Communications of the ACM, October 2005, Vol. 48, No. 10, pp. 47-51.

Zureik, E. with contribution from Karen Hindle."Governance, Security and Technology: The Case of Biometrics." Studies in Political Economy, 73, Spring/Summer 2004, 113-137.

Zureik, E. "Theorizing Surveillance: The Case of the Workplace." In Surveillance as Social Sorting, edited by David Lyon, London: Routledge, 2002, pp.31-56.

Zureik, E. "Constructing Palestine through Surveillance Practices." British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 8, no.2, (2001), pp.205-208.

Zureik, E. and Vincent Mosco. "Deregulating Telecommunications: The Workers' View." Telecommunications Policy, 12, no.3, (1998), 279-287.

Zureik, E. and Vince Sacco. "Correlates of Computer Misuse: Data from a Self-Reporting Sample." In Social Issues in Computing: Putting Computing in Its Place, edited by Chuck Hoff, McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1994, pp.193-226. Originally published in Behaviour and Information Technology, 1990.

Zureik, E., Vincent Mosco, and Clarence Lochead. "Telephone Workers' Perception of Management Strategy and Union Reaction to New Technology." Journal of Industrial Relations, 44, no.3, (1988), 507-528.

Other Books

Zureik, E. and Dianne Hartling. The Social Context of Information and Communication Technology: A Bibliography. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 1987

Conference and Workshop Papers

Conceptual Framework for the Study of ICT in the Arab World with Special Reference to Palestine. Fifth Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting, 24-28 March 2004. Florence, Italy.

Globalization of Personal Data Project International Survey Concept Paper. The Surveillance Project Public Opinion Workshop, March 3, 2004. Kingston, ON.

Overview of Public Opinion Research Regarding Privacy (Appendix A). The Surveillance Project Public Opinion Workshop, March 3, 2004. Kingston, ON.

Who Knows What about Whom? Towards a Generalized Surveillance. 3rd UNESCO Philosophy Forum, Who Knows What?, September 14, 2003. Paris, France.