David Lyon

The coronavirus pandemic highlights the need for a surveillance debate beyond ‘privacy’

By David Lyon, The Conversation, 24 May 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has stirred up a surveillance storm. Researchers rush to develop new forms of public health monitoring and tracking, but releasing personal data to private companies and governments carries risks to our individual and collective rights. COVID-19 opens the lid on a much-needed debate. Read More

The Surveillance Studies Centre COVID-19 Update

The SSC is hard at work during the global Coronavirus pandemic. The surveillance dimensions of efforts to slow the spread of the virus are tremendous and far-reaching. Indeed, they are not only global but planetary. At such a time, health-related surveillance is proposed and practiced with great urgency in the attempt to save lives, reduce suffering and to restore some...

David Lyon: Cellphone tracking might help stamp out COVID-19. But at what cost?

By David Lyon, The Ottawa Citizen , 6 April 2020

Recently, Toronto Mayor John Tory “misspoke” at a TechTO event regarding the possibility of using cellphone tracking surveillance in the struggle against COVID-19. Ottawa’s medical officer of health, Vera Etches, noted that officials want to know if people are heeding safe-distance advice and suggested location data from phones could...

David Lyon to deliver annual Sorokin Lecture

51st Annual Sorokin Lecture, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan Surveillance: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow – From Occasional Encounters to Constant Immersion Professor David Lyon, Queen’s University Director, Surveillance Studies Centre; Queen’s Research Chair in Surveillance Studies; Professor of Sociology, Professor of Law, Queen’s University, Canada Thursday, February 6, 2020 7:00 pm Location: St. Thomas...

Data-Driven Elections: Papers Published

Papers delivered at the Big Data Surveillance (BDS) 2019 workshop on Data-Driven Elections , hosted by Colin Bennett and David Lyon in Victoria by project partner the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for BC (OIPCBC) , have been published in a special issue of Internet Policy Review , an international journal for...

Data-driven elections and the key questions about voter surveillance

By David Lyon and Colin Bennett, The Conversation , August 5, 2019

Using data during election campaigns is nothing new. But as the Canadian federal election approaches, authorities must be diligent that data tracking doesn't become surveillance. Read more

David Lyon recognized

Congratulations to Queen's Professor David Lyon who was recently recognized with an Outstanding Contribution Award by the Surveillance Studies Network for his scholarly and intellectual contributions to the field. Read more: Surveilling Surveillance, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Queen's Gazette

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...

Facebook: A mass media micro-surveillance monopoly

By Andrew Clement and David Lyon, April 23, 2018, Opinion, The Globe and Mail By blowing the whistle on Cambridge Analytica’s dodgy dealings with political campaigners in the U.S. and the U.K., Canadian Chris Wylie has given the social-media anthill a well-deserved kick. We’re now getting a rare glimpse into the hyperactive but hidden world of online-data trafficking –...

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