big data

Priscilla M. Regan

Dr. Priscilla Regan
Dr. Priscilla Regan

Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University, USA

Dr. Regan is a Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Prior to joining that faculty in 1989, she was a Senior Analyst in the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (1984-1989) and an Assistant Professor of Politics and Government at the University of Puget Sound (1979-1984). From 2005 to 2007, she served as a Program Officer for the Science, Technology and Society Program at the National Science Foundation. Since the mid-1970s, Dr. Regan’s primary research interests have focused on both the analysis of the social, policy, and legal implications of organizational use of new information and communications technologies, and also on the emergence and implementation of electronic government initiatives by federal agencies. She is currently a co-investigator on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s eQuality grant exploring big data, discrimination, and youth.


Dr. Regan has published over fifty articles or book chapters, as well as Legislating Privacy: Technology, Social Values, and Public Policy (University of North Carolina Press, 1995) and two co-edited books. As a recognized researcher in this area, Dr. Regan has testified before Congress and participated in meetings held by the Department of Commerce, Federal Trade Commission, Social Security Administration, and Census Bureau. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation and the US State Department. She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Committee on Authentication Technologies and their Privacy Implications. Dr. Regan received her PhD in Government from Cornell University and her BA from Mount Holyoke College.

Email: pregan@gmu.edu 



Telephone: 
703-993-1419

Funding awarded for 'Educational Media: Privacy in the Age of Big Data'

Congratulations to David Lyon, David Murakami Wood and sava saheli singh at the SSC on being awarded $70,000 from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) under its Contributions Program for the project titled 'Educational Media: Privacy in the Age of Big Data'. For more information see the OPC funding...

Cambridge Analytica shows the perils of ‘voter analytics’ industry

By Colin Bennett, Opinion, iPolitics , March 21, 2018

Recent revelations about the practices of the British company, Cambridge Analytica (CA), raise a larger set of questions about democracy: Should “Big Data” be playing a role in our elections? Should the “micro-targeting” of precise...

SSC Seminar Series: Evelyn Ruppert, Goldsmiths

Evelyn Ruppert

Data Politics: Worlds, Subjects, Rights

 Wednesday, March 29, 2017

12:30 – 2 pm

Mackintosh Corry Hall Room D214 

(Grad Students are also invited to join Evelyn Ruppert for an informal discussion in Mac-Corry Room C512 from 10.30 to 11.30 before her seminar.)

Data has been constituted as an object vested with certain powers, influence, and rationalities. Ruppert places the emergence and transformation of professional...

Debra Mackinnon

Debra Mackinnon
Debra Mackinnon

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Canada

Debra Mackinnon entered the PhD sociology program in the fall of 2014. With an interest in criminology and sociology she received her BA (Honours) (2012) and MA (2014) from Simon Fraser University. Her MA thesis titled 'The Criminalization of Political Dissent: A critical discourse analysis of Occupy Vancouver and Bill C-309' focuses on pre-emptive formal social control tactics. Broadly, her research interests include: power and regulation, surveillance, securitization, urban policy mobility, political economy and critical legal theory. Her PhD project focuses on urban governance and managerialism by investigating the creation and legitimization of public-private surveillance networks and the adoption of big data practices in Canadian cities.