Surveillance Studies Centre

SCAN Awarded OPC Funding

The Office of the Federal Privacy Commissioner (OPC) has awarded SCAN (Surveillance Cameras Awareness Network, an affiliated pan-Canadian group of The Surveillance Project) $50,000 to complete research and produce a report on Video Surveillance in Canada and to mount an international research workshop on the same theme.

Read the official OPC announcement here:

Privacy and Surveillance at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games

New report available by Philip J. Boyle and Kevin D. Haggerty on Privacy Games: The Vancouver Olympics, Privacy and Surveillance . Prepared for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada Under the Contributions Program, March 2009.

New Book: Lessons from the identity trail

Congratulations to Ian Kerr, Valerie Steeves and Carole Lucock on their edited collection Lessons from the Identity Trail: Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society .

This book examines key questions about anonymity, privacy, and identity in an environment that increasingly automates the collection of personal information and relies upon surveillance to promote private and public sector...

New Report on Facial Recognition Technology

Facial Recognition Technology: A Survey of Policy and Implementation Issues , by Lucas D. Introna and Helen Nissenbaum, now available.

The report highlights the potential and limitations of Facial Recognition Technology (FRT), noting those tasks for which it seems ready for deployment, those areas where performance obstacles may be overcome by future technological developments or sound operating...

Surveillance Games

By Philip J. Boyle and Kevin D. Haggerty

February 25, 2009

Now that the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics are receding into memory, we can contemplate the wider significance of this travelling five ring circus. The games now amount to a machine for change, initiating processes that operate at different levels to produce legacies that reverberate long after the...

News Series on The Surveillance Society

Don Butler has written a week-long series on the surveillance society in the Ottawa Citizen , involving several members of The New Transparency Project .

See the following stories:

Surveillance Series, Ottawa Citizen 2009 by Don Butler

Part I: A very different world Since 9/11 the use of close-circuit TV cameras has exploded

Part II: Devil in the details When it comes to social sorting, you are what you eat, buy, surf, post

Part III: Social networking or social spying?

Part IV: Keeping tabs goes high-tech More and more, we're spying on each other — and it's getting easier

Part V: You've been targeted

New Privacy Advocates Website Launched

When surveillance practices emerge, who mobilizes against them, how, and with what effect?

The new Privacy Advocates website has been introduced to facilitate communication between individuals and groups that have emerged from civil society, as well as researchers and other people in the wider community.

The idea for this website originated from Professor Colin Bennett's...

IPSI Lecture Series - Colin Bennett

This presentation presents the major findings of a recent book by the same name (eds. Colin J. Bennett and David Lyon, Routledge 2008) and applies these lessons to the contemporary debates in Canada about identity cards and the enhanced drivers licence (EDL).

IPSI is once again pleased to present its Public Lecture Series, where notable speakers from the identity, privacy and security fields present their work and discuss contemporary issues.

Colin Bennett, November 17 at the Faculty of Information, 140 St. George Street, Bissell Building, Room 728, University of Toronto, Noon to 1 pm.

November 17: Colin Bennett, Professor, University of Victoria

Playing the Identity Card: Surveillance, Security and Identification in Global Perspective

Post-Doc Fellowship at Open University

The Open University Business School seeks a post doctoral researcher on a three year research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, beginning January 09.

The project is called ‘Taking Liberties: New uses of consumer data in the UK’, and aims to explore whether consumer data traditionally collected in marketing contexts is now being applied in security contexts. The project...