Big Data Surveillance

sava saheli singh

sava saheli singh
sava saheli singh

Post-doctoral Fellow, Queen's University, Canada

sava is a postdoctoral fellow with the Surveillance Studies Centre, working on an OPC-funded knowledge translation project for the Big Data Surveillance project. she completed her PhD in 2017 from New York University's Educational Communication and Technology program. her dissertation, titled "Academic Twitter: Pushing the Boundaries of Traditional Scholarship", addresses how 21st century academics negotiate their professional identities as a complex form of emotional, intellectual, and academic labor and the ways in which this helps and hinders their academic and personal lives. her current research interests include educational surveillance and critically examining the effects of technology and techno-utopianism on society.

Twitter: @savasavasava

Call for Papers: Security Intelligence and Surveillance in the Big Data Age

October 19-21, 2017

A Research Workshop of the Big Data Surveillance partnership project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Location: University of Ottawa

Introduction:

Security intelligence is in a state of flux.

New technological developments are challenging older ways of working, most notably the ubiquity of surveillance...

Sachil Singh

Dr. Sachil Singh
Dr. Sachil Singh

Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa, Canada

Sachil is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa, where he is working on the SSHRC-funded 'Big Data Surveillance' project with Co-investigator, Professor Valerie Steeves. They are currently examining medical Point of Care (PoC) tools and algorithmic imaginings of race to see if algorithms extend the logics within PoC tools or constrain them. More generally, he is interested in the different ways in which social sorting performed by institutions influences the social (dis)advantages of citizens. His main interest in this relationship is in studies of credit scoring, digital consumption, race relations and health care. He has published on most of these topics in the Journal of Southern African Studies, Security Dialogue, and the Routledge Companion to Digital Consumption (London: Routledge).

Sachil completed his PhD in the Department of Sociology at Queen's University (2016). His dissertation, titled 'The Reproduction of Social Disadvantage in South Africa: mapping consumer credit scoring onto the ANC’s policy of "social transformation"', provides conceptual contributions to African Studies (social sorting and cumulative disadvantage), and a contextual contribution to Surveillance Studies (South Africa).

Sachil is also currently a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Queen's University, where he serves as an instructor for the Sociology of Globalization (SOCY 225). He may be contacted at singh.sachil@queensu.ca.

 

Telephone: 
613-533-6000 ext. 75602

Colin J. Bennett

Professor Colin J. Bennett
Professor Colin J. Bennett

Professor, Political Science, University of Victoria, Canada

Colin Bennett received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Wales, and his Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 1986 he has taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, where he is now Professor. He has enjoyed Visiting Professorships at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Center for the Study of Law and Society at University of California, Berkeley, the School of Law, University of New South Wales and at the the Law, Science, Technology and Society Centre at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels. His research has focused on the comparative analysis of surveillance technologies and privacy protection policies at the domestic and international levels. In addition to numerous scholarly and newspaper articles, he has published six books, including The Governance of Privacy (MIT Press, 2006) and The Privacy Advocates: Resisting the Spread of Surveillance (MIT Press, 2008), and policy reports on privacy protection for Canadian and international agencies. He is co-investigator of a large Major Collaborative Research Initiative grant entitled “The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting” which has culminated in the report: Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada. He is also currently researching the capture and use of personal data by political parties in Western democracies.

As a co-investigator of the Big Data Surveillance project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Colin Bennett is co-leading (with Kirstie Ball) research Stream Two: Marketing. This stream will examine how massive data accumulation, analytical techniques and applications associated with big data are reconstructing practices of consumer marketing and political campaigning.

Telephone: 
250-721-7495
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David Lyon

Professor David Lyon
Professor David Lyon

Director, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen's Research Chair in Surveillance Studies, Professor of Sociology, Professor of Law, Queen’s University, Canada

David Lyon is Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre and Professor of Sociology and Professor of Law at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Educated at the University of Bradford in the UK, Lyon has been studying surveillance since the mid-1980s. Credited with spearheading the field of “Surveillance Studies”, he has produced a steady stream of books and articles that began with The Electronic Eye (1994) and continued with Surveillance Society (2001), Surveillance after September 11 (2003), Surveillance Studies (2007), Identifying Citizens (2009), Liquid Surveillance (with Zygmunt Bauman, 2013) and Surveillance after Snowden (2015). His most recent publication is The Culture of Surveillance (Polity, 2018) and he is currently working on Surveillance: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford). He has also co-edited a number of other books, mostly the products of team projects on surveillance, with research funding totalling almost $8 million. He is on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including Surveillance & Society and The Information Society. Most recently awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award by the Surveillance Studies Network (2018) and the SSHRC Impact: Insight Award (2015), Lyon has also received numerous awards for his work, from Canada, Switzerland, the USA and the UK.

As Principal Investigator of the Big Data Surveillance project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, David Lyon is co-leading (with David Murakami Wood) research Stream One: Security. This stream will examine the scope and impact of big data-dependent ‘national security’ surveillance of communications in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations. They are working on an edited publication called Security Intelligence and Surveillance in the Big Data Age: The Canadian Case (UBC Press, forthcoming).

Watch David Lyon's "Ideas" lecture, broadcast on ABC TV (Sydney, Australia) in April 2012 (49 mins.):

 

Telephone: 
(613) 533-6000 ext. 74489

Surveillance Studies PhDs Sought

Two Scholarships at the PhD level ( starting September 2016 ) are available in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University to work on a project, funded through a SSHRC Partnership Grant on “Big Data Surveillance” under the supervision of David Lyon and/or David Murakami Wood . The project is a multi-disciplinary and comparative analysis of the development and impact of big data analytics in many domains: security, consumer, health, welfare, electoral, intelligence, employment and others.The project is coordinated through the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University.

SSC awarded $2.5 million SSHRC grant

Queen’s University professor and Surveillance Studies Centre director David Lyon (Sociology) has been awarded $2.5 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for his research into the vulnerabilities generated by big data surveillance.