Big Data Surveillance Book Publication

Big Data Surveillance Journal Publications:

"Big Data and Surveillance: Hype, Commercial Logics and New Intimate Spheres", Edited by Kirstie Ball and William Webster, Big Data & Society 7(1), May 14, 2020.


“Data-Driven Elections”,Edited by Colin Bennett and David Lyon, Internet Policy Review 8(4),
 December 31, 2019.

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.

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... 


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

BDS Book Published!

Big Data Surveillance and Security Intelligence: The Canadian Case Edited by David Lyon and David Murakami Wood UBC Press December 2020 For more information about the book, see here . Read more about @title...

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...

Upcoming Events

SSC Virtual Seminar: Sean Marrs, PhD Candidate, Department of History, Queen's University

Title: TBA

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

12:30 – 1:30 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, April 4, 2021.



About the speaker:

Sean Marrs 


Everyone welcome!


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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