national identification

Midori Ogasawara

Midori

Department of Sociology, Queen's University

Midori Ogasawara is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology. She received her BA in Law from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, and her MA from Queen’s University. Her MA thesis was entitled “ID TROUBLES: The National Identification Systems in Japan and the (mis) Construction of the Subject”, focusing on the transitions of ID techniques that classified the subjects of modern Japan. Midori’s current PhD project is “National Identification Systems and Techniques of Population Control: The development of surveillance–assisted political economy from colonial to neoliberal times in Japan”, supported by the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship in 2014-2017, and the Mitacs Globalink Research Award in 2016. This project attempts to reveal the colonial origins and consequences of ID technologies, such as ID cards and biometrics, in northeastern China under the Japanese occupation from the 1920s.

Midori has a journalist background since having worked as a staff writer for Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s national newspaper, for 10 years, and was engaged in investigative reporting on the surveillance technologies, the sex slavery by Japan’s army during the Second World War, and the US bases in Okinawa. Midori was awarded the Fulbright Journalist Scholarship and John S. Knight Professional Journalism Fellowships at Stanford University in 2004-2005.

In May 2016, She interviewed the NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden via the video channel, as the first Japanese journalist, and published a number of articles. She is the (co-)author of seven books, and translated David Lyon’s Surveillance Studies into Japanese (published in 2011).

SSC Seminar Series: Malcolm Thorburn, Faculty of Law

Malcolm Thorburn, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Queen's University

Identification, Surveillance and Profiling: on the use and abuse of citizen data

Mac-Corry Hall, Room D411 (Sociology Lounge)

12:30 - 2:00 pm

This seminar addresses some concerns that have arisen recently about national identification schemes (such as the now-abandoned UK scheme). It distinguishes between (1) identification, (2) surveillance (understood very narrowly), and (3) profiling. Although...