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New Publication: Japan: High and Low Tech Responses

By David Murakami Wood, in the latest publication from the Global Data Justice project based at TILT is an open access , edited collection on Data Justice and COVID-19: Global Perspectives , edited by Linnet Taylor, Aaron Martin, Gargi Sharma and Shazade Jameson andpublished by Meatspace Press....

Lecture: Japan and COVID-19, by David Murakami Wood

Queen's University, Contagion Culture Lecture Series Mindo, Face-Masks and Fax Machines: Japan and COVID-19 David Murakami Wood
, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Queen's University

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Abstract: In June 2020, the veteran right-wing Japanese government minister, Aso Taro, described the apparent success of the country in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic as the...

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 the official announcement and here is the story in the Queen's Gazette.

Here is the story in the Kingston Whig Standard. --...

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 and governments around the world scrambling to find ways to control the spread of the virus. Many governments have declared national emergencies, with the Canadian federal government...

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 seeking assistance with his catheter bag. He had a bladder infection, but instead of receiving treatment, remained in the waiting room for 34 hours until his body...