David Lyon wins Canada Council Molson Prize

The Canada Council awards 2020 Molson Prize to David Lyon for his invaluable contributions to the field of surveillance studies.

Read the full news release here: https://canadacouncil.ca/spotlight/2020/07/2020-molson-prize-winners

The Surveillance Studies Centre COVID-19 Update

The SSC is hard at work during the global Coronavirus pandemic. The surveillance dimensions of efforts to slow the spread of the virus are tremendous and far-reaching. Indeed, they are not only global but planetary. Continue reading... 


Data-Driven Elections: Workshop Papers Published

Papers delivered at the Big Data Surveillance (BDS) 2019 workshop on Data-Driven Elections, hosted by Colin Bennett and David Lyon in Victoria by project partner the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC (OIPCBC), have been published in a special issue of Internet Policy Review.

Screening Surveillance Film Series

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.

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 Partnership Grant. The Big Data Surveillance project examines the relationship between big data and surveillance in three linked streams: security, marketing, and governance.

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David Lyon earns prestigious Molson Prize

Congratulations to David Lyon, who has been awarded the prestigious Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize (Social Sciences and Humanities) for decades of work in surveillance studies. Here is... Read more about @title...

Police and governments may increasingly adopt surveillance technologies in response to coronavirus fears

By Joe Masoodi , The Conversation, 23 March, 2020 Facial recognition software could be applied to managing people during pandemics. The COVID-19 pandemic has dominated headlines with public fears mounting... Read more about @title...

Collecting race-based data during coronavirus pandemic may fuel dangerous prejudices

By Sachil Singh , The Conversation, 27 May, 2020 Racially sorted patients are surveilled, often with negative consequences. Brian Sinclair wheeled himself into a Winnipeg emergency room in September 2008... Read more about @title...

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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