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2009-2011, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Kate Milberry is an activist academic and postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.
Kate's research examines the democratization of technology as a tool and technique for progressive social change. Her current work focuses on the anti-surveillance technologies and social practices of tech activists in the global justice movement. In particular, she examines the relationship between free software development and activist web applications, considering how democratic values and unmet user needs are designed into technology. Kate has a PhD in Communication from Simon Fraser University and MA in Communication and Social Justice from University of Windsor. She is a founding editor of the peer-reviewed online journal, Stream: Culture/Politics/Technology. She blogs at www.geeksandglobaljustice.com and can always be reached at email@example.com. She is @KateMilberry on Twitter.
2010-2012, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta
Daniel’s research focuses on the domestication of surveillance technologies. He successfully completed his PhD from the Department of Sociology at Queen’s Universityin December 2010. His doctoral research examined the rise of social media surveillance with Facebook as a case study.
Through a series of in-depth interviews with different kinds of Facebook users, Daniel considers the relation between individual, institutional, and market-led surveillance. He is expanding on this research by studying the continued growth of information and communication technologies in everyday life, and their consequences for visibility and social sorting. Daniel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2009-2010, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen's University
My major interest is state surveillance related to data gathering systems - namely population censuses, registration systems and identification systems - and their relationship with neoliberal transformation and citizenship regimes. I came to Queen’s to perform research on my post-doctoral project on population censuses and registration system, funded by the Turkish Academia of Sciences. Since then I have received additional funding from the SSC to further my research activities. Currently, I am coordinating research activities for an OPC project titled ‘The Private Sector, National Security and Personal Data: An assessment of private sector involvement in airport and border security in Canada’.
Following my B.S. in Sociology (Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey), I gained my M.A. and PhD degrees in Demography (Hacettepe University Institute of Population Studies, Ankara, Turkey). I have taught several courses in the fields of demography and social policy.
My current works include articles on electronic ID card systems, census questionnaires, registration systems, ethnic/religious minorities’ presentation and monitoring, and camera surveillance in Turkey.
2008-2009, Queen's University
My theoretical interests are in cultural logics that underlie particular cultural practices as well as broader social processes through which people create social order. Methodologically, my work is based on ethnographic methods, including archival research and focused interviews, with a particular interest in developing theory based on ethnographic material. I am currently working on two book manuscripts Security and Everyday Life (with Willem de Lint) is forthcoming with Routledge (2009). Christian Pilgrimage to Jerusalem: Performing Social Realities is a revision of my doctoral dissertation, completed in May 2008 in the Dept. of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Assistant Professor of Sociology
Methodist University, USA