Screening Surveillance Launch

Screening Surveillance is a short film series that uses near-future fiction storytelling, based on research, to highlight potential social and privacy issues that arise as a result of big data surveillance.

SSC Seminar Series

A key component of our project are the research seminars we regularly hold throughout the academic term to draw other co-investigators, students, and partners together for round-table discussions.

Surveillance Studies Centre

The Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) at Queen’s University is committed to high quality research on the growth of surveillance globally, exploring many aspects of contemporary monitoring, tracking, management and control. The SSC is also part of a broad network of surveillance research that is both multi-disciplinary and international.

Big Data Surveillance

The primary funding of the Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) is from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). We are currently working on a five-year Big Data Surveillance (BDS) project funded by a SSHRC Parnership Grant. The Big Data Surveillance project examines the relationship between big data and surveillance in three linked streams: security, marketing, and governance.

The Latest News

Virginia Eubanks: Public Talk and Book Signing

Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor Virginia Eubanks (Associate Professor, Political Science, University at Albany, State University of New York) Wednesday, October 16 2019... Read more about @title...

Smart Cities: The City of the Future?

What does a smart city look like? Will technology rule? Or, should technology be a means to an end in creating a good city where diverse human beings can flourish?... Read more about @title...

Post-Doctoral Position, Queen's University

5 Sept 2019 The Big Data Surveillance research project seeks to fill one post-doctoral fellow position, starting fall 2019 and based in the Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) at Queen’s University... Read more about @title...

Upcoming Events

SSC Seminar Series: Debra Mackinnon (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary)

Mundane Surveillance: Tracking Mobile Applications and Urban Accounting in Canadian Business Improvement Areas

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

12:30 - 2:00pm

Mackintosh-Corry Hall D411


In response to splintering streetscapes and in order to remain relevant amidst “smart cities” and “urban big data”, Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) have moved away from clipboards and ledgers, to become early adopters of smarter urban technologies. Initially, BIAs began using social...

SSC Seminar Series: Raziel Miranda (Visiting PhD Candidate, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU))

Beyond the surveillance society? Accountability dilemmas, possibilities, and promises in contemporary paths

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

12:30 - 2:00pm

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D411


In a diachronic and synchronic perspective, assessing accountability mechanisms in surveillance is a continuous task that should be promoted in many fronts and contexts. Since surveillance is instrumentalized from high-state policies to everyday use of personal data, accountability networks should be...

Surveillance Studies Centre

Surveillance of many kinds is growing rapidly throughout the world and the Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) at Queen’s University is committed to high quality research to follow such developments.

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Big Data Surveillance

Big Data Surveillance


In the world of big data surveillance, huge amounts of data are sucked into systems that store, combine and analyze them, to create patterns and reveal trends that can be used for Security, Marketing and Governance
Screening Surveillance

Screening Surveillance


Screening Surveillance is a short film series that uses near future fiction storytelling based on research to highlight potential social and privacy issues that arise as a result of big data surveillance.
The New Transparency

The New Transparency


The New Transparency makes visible the identities of individuals, workings of institutions and flows of information in ways never before seen.
Globalization of Personal Data

Globalization of Personal Data


An investigation of some of the many ways that personal data flow across borders, with a special focus on increased security concerns after 9/11, and the goal of highlighting and explaining the social, political and economic consequences of those flows.


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