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In Memoriam: Arthur "Art" Cockfield

We were shocked to hear of Art’s sudden death on January 9 2022. Art has been a trusted friend of the Surveillance Studies Centre for many years, serving on the Executive Board, as a co-investigator in several large-scale SSHRC-funded research projects, as a liaison with the Faculty of Law and as a facilitator of joint events between the SSC and...

David Lyon retires from Queen's; remains P.I. of Big Data Surveillance

The Surveillance Studies Centre wishes to announce that David Lyon retired from Queen’s University on June 30 2021. Lyon was appointed at Queen’s University in 1991 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, and later promoted to Full Professor in 1994. He is cross-appointed to the Faculty of Law, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada,...

Welcome Back to Dr. Alana Saulnier!

The Surveillance Studies Centre is delighted to announce that from July 1, Alana Saulnier (re)joins the SSC, as an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department. She will work alongside Dr. David Murakami Wood.

Alana Saulnier completed her PhD in sociology from Queen's University in 2016, and both David Lyon and David Murakami Wood are pleased to welcome her back...

Minding the FLoCs: Google's Marketing Moves, AI, Privacy and the Data Commons

By David Eliot and David Murakami Wood, Centre for International Governance Innovataion (CIGI) , 20 May 2021 This piece examines Google's transition to being a primarily AI-centred company, and what it means for people and governments, particularly in Canada.

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Why we need to seriously reconsider COVID-19 vaccination passports

By Tommy Cooke and Benjamin Muller, The Conversation , May 19, 2021 Vaccine passports may soon be required for travelling amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Like biometrics, they’ll likely become a permanent part of our daily lives — and there’s barely been any debate about them.

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