David Murakami Wood

Smart Cities: The City of the Future?

What does a smart city look like?

Will technology rule?

Or, should technology be a means to an end in creating a good city where diverse human beings can flourish?

David Murakami Wood’s research starts with these fundamental questions to define the concept of a smart city, and then assess the smart city...

Is Sidewalk Labs doing enough to protect privacy? No

By David Murakami Wood and Bianca Wylie , Aug. 28, 2018, Opinion, Toronto Star. Before we answer the question of whether Sidewalk Labs is doing enough to protect privacy, we have to ask what Sidewalk Labs is up to in Toronto in the first place. Read more.

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...

Securing the Big Data City

David Murakami Wood

Queen’s University, Ontario

A lunchtime seminar series showing how Big Data is used, and debated, on campus.

Location: Speaker's Corner, Stauffer Library, Queen's University

‘Smart cities’ are characterized by pervasive and distributed sensor networks capturing and generating big data for forms of centralized urban management, drawing together such previously unconnected infrastructural systems as video surveillance, meteorological stations, traffic lights...

Congratulations to David Murakami Wood

Royal Society of Canada recognizes five Queen’s University faculty members in the New Scholars, Artists and Scientists program.

Surveillance Studies Centre member David Murakami Wood is one of five Queen’s University faculty members that have been named to the Royal Society of Canada’s (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists program. The new program recognizes an emerging generation of...

David Murakami Wood

Professor David Murakami Wood
Professor David Murakami Wood

Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies, Department of Sociology, Queen's University, Canada

Educated at Oxford and Newcastle in the UK, David Murakami Wood is currently Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies at Queen’s University in Ontario. He is a widely published specialist in the sociology and geography of surveillance and security in cities from a global comparative perspective, with a particular focus on Japan, Brazil, Canada and the UK, and is also very interested in science fiction and the future of surveillance. His current research project, Ubicity, funded by by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), considers the place of surveillance and security in the development of smart cities in Canada, the UK and the USA. In 2013-14, he was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  (JSPS) Invitation Fellow at Kwansei Gakuin University and Visiting Professor at Meiji University, in Japan. He is also an organizer in the field of surveillance studies as Co-editor-in-Chief of the international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal, Surveillance & Society, as well as a consultant and media commentator on surveillance issues. As a co-investigator of the Big Data Surveillance project, also funded by SSHRC, David Murakami Wood was co-leader (with David Lyon) of research Stream One: Security, and is the co-editor of the first publication from the BDS project, Security Intelligence and Surveillance in the Big Data Age, coming in 2019 from UBC press. He has now moved to co-lead Stream Three, on Governance, with Val Steeves (Ottawa).

Telephone: 
(613) 533-6000 ext. 74490

SSC Seminar Series: David Murakami Wood

Location: Mac Corry Hall, Room D411
12:30- 2:00 pm

Smart City, Surveillance City: human flourishing in a data-driven urban world

David Murakami Wood
Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies

‘Smart cities’ are characterized by pervasive and distributed sensor networks generating big data for forms of centralized urban management, drawing together such previously unconnected infrastructural systems as video surveillance, meteorological stations, traffic...

Intersectional Approaches to Surveillance Research Workshop

Workshop dates: 11-13 June 2015, Queen’s University (Donald Gordon Centre), Kingston, ON, Canada

Abstract Submission Deadline: March 1st, 2015

This workshop strives to bring intersectionality to the forefront of surveillance studies. As surveillance studies becomes increasingly multidisciplinary and post-structural, a thought-provoking frontier for surveillance scholars is to critically focus on the ways in which identity-based discrimination can impact surveillance processes and lived...

Early Warning Systems: Charles Stankievech and David Murakami Wood

Charles Stankievech (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design, University of Toronto) and David Murakami Wood (Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies, Queen's University)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 12:30-2:00pm
Agnes Etherington Art Centre Atrium

David Murakami Wood will talk about 'listening' as a surveillance practice, with particular reference to the development of coastal listening stations in the UK (the...

Call for Papers: Surveillance, Games and Play

Theme Issue of Surveillance & Society edited by: Jennifer R. Whitson and Bart Simon submission deadline: September 15th 2013 for publication March 2014.

The games we play on our computers, iPads, and video game consoles are watching us. They track our every online move and send data on who we are, how we play, and whom we...

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