Surveillance Studies Centre

Technocrime book now available

Congratulations to Stéphan Leman-Langlois, whose new edited collection Technocrime is now available from Willan Publishing.

New book on National Identity Cards

Congratulations to Colin Bennett, David Lyon and all the contributors on their new book Playing the Identity Card: Surveillance, Security and Identification in Global Perspective , now available from Routledge. The book is an edited collection of papers from an international research workshop on national ID card systems organized by The Globalization of Personal Data Project (GPD) in association with the Surveillance Project at Queen's University, Canada on June 7-8 2007.

"National identity cards are in the news. While paper ID documents have been used in some countries for a long time, today's rapid growth features high-tech IDs with built-in biometrics and RFID chips. Both long-term trends towards e-Government and the more recent responses to 9/11 have prompted the quest for more stable identity systems. Commercial pressures mix with security rationales to catalyze ID development, aimed at accuracy, efficiency and speed. New ID systems also depend on computerized national registries. Many questions are raised about new IDs but they are often limited by focusing on the cards themselves or on 'privacy.'

Public Forum July 16

Public Information Forum on Ontario’s proposed Enhanced Driver’s Licence

SP awarded OPC funds

The Surveillance Project has been awarded research funding of $50,000 from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner (Ottawa) under its Contributions Program for a project entitled "Camera Surveillance

Have you been targeted?

The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group wants to hear from anyone who has been targeted by the U.S.

SP Seminar Series

Mark B. Salter, University of Ottawa, "The Sociology of Securitization", Thursday, March 20th, 12:30 pm, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D411.

Mark B. Salter Associate Professor School of Political Studies University of Ottawa

The Sociology of Securitization

Thursday, March 20th Location: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D411 Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Within the contemporary politics of terror, we see "security"...

SP receives $2.5 million from SSHRC

Queen's-led Surveillance Project awarded $2+ million Major Collaborative Research Initiative grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Tuesday February 26, 2008

Determining how and why everyday people are being watched by public and private organizations - and the social consequences of this expanding surveillance - will be the focus of a new $2.5-million collaborative research project based at Queen's. Called The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting , the project was announced today as a Major Collaborative Research Initiative supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) . The Queen's initiative will be led by Sociology professor David Lyon , director of the university's internationally renowned, multidisciplinary research group, the Surveillance Project.

SP Seminar Series

Stéphane Leman-Langlois, School of Criminology, Université de Montréal, "The Local Impact of CCTV on the Social Construction of Security", January 17th, 12:30pm.

Stéphane Leman-Langlois Assistant Professor School of Criminology Université de Montréal

The Local Impact of CCTV on the Social Construction of Security

Thursday, January 17th Location: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D411 Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

The use of closed circuit television in public spaces has given rise to a sizable amount of literature, which generally falls into four broad categories. First, many authors have probed the effects of increased surveillance on various aspects of civil society. The second category, under the "crime science" program, presents numerous efforts at measuring the impact of CCTV surveillance on local and aggregated crime rates. The third category of CCTV literature is modest by comparison and includes studies of the uses made of CCTV by operators and the social organization of surveillance work.

SP Seminar Series

Detlev Zwick, York University, "Marketing as Bioproduction: The Customer Database as New Means of Production", Tuesday, November 20th, 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

Detlev Zwick Associate Professor Department of Marketing Schulich School of Business York University

Marketing as Bioproduction: The Customer Database as New Means of Production

Tuesday, November 20th Location: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D411 Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

This presentation uses data collected during an ongoing ethnographic study of a small customer intelligence company to argue that new forms of database marketing are best described as customer production process that rely on the exploitation of consumer life. We suggest that the work of such firms to visualize consumption, or rather consumer life phenomena, at the microscopic level leads to a reorganization of the gaze of marketers and the way marketing practice configures and controls spaces of operation and forms of capitalization. Therefore the fundamental question we pose in this article is how should we understand marketing in the age of the information machine?

Job opportunity

The Surveillance Project is looking for research assistance (student position) in the preparation of an edited collection on the topic of national identity cards.