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.

The Latest News

Interview with Dr. Sachil Singh

Algorithms can cause biases – Meet Dr. Sachil Singh Postdoctoral Fellow by Phil Gaudreau, November 2020, School of Graduate Studies, Queen's University An interview with Dr. Singh based on his... Read more about @title...

Read the Surveillance Studies Centre Annual Newsletter

See the latest Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) Annual Newsletter here . An update on the collaborative work of the Centre and the Big Data Surveillance Partnership over the past year (2019 - 2020). Read more about @title...

Listen to David Murakami Wood on Spark with Nora Young

Episode on 'The Politics of Technology', CBC Radio, September 11, 2020 U.S. feud with TikTok emblematic of rise of techno-nationalism, expert says ‘It’s about platforms. It’s about technologies,’ says David... Read more about @title...

Upcoming Events

SSC Virtual Seminar: Teresa Scassa, Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy, University of Ottawa

Canada's New Bill to Reform Private Sector Data Protection

Wednesday, December 2, 2020


12:00 – 1:00 pm *Note new time

*Due to the limited capacity of the online-meeting platform, we have to adopt a first-come-first-serve principle. We will send the seminar link and password to registered participants.
 
Please RSVP to Delano Aragao Vaz by Sunday, November 29, 2020.


Abstract:

The much-awaited bill to...

SSC Virtual Seminar: Rafael Evangelista, University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil, and Rodrigo Firmino, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR), Brazil

Pandemic Technopolitics in the Global South

Wednesday, December 9, 2020


12:30 – 2:00 pm

*Due to the limited capacity of the online-meeting platform, we have to adopt a first-come-first-serve principle. We will send the seminar link and password to registered participants.
 
Please RSVP to Delano Aragao Vaz by Sunday, December 6, 2020.


Abstract:

Brazil has been standing out as one of the worst...

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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Projects

Big Data Surveillance

Big Data Surveillance

(20152020)

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

(2019)

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

(20082015)

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

(20032007)

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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