Smith Oduro-Marfo

Smith Oduro-Marfo

Smith Oduro-Marfo
Smith Oduro-Marfo

PhD Candidate, Political Science Department, University of Victoria, Canada

I am Smith Oduro-Marfo, a Ghanaian first-year doctoral student with the Political Science Department, University of Victoria. I have a BA in Political Science and Sociology, and an MA in International Affairs both from the University of Ghana. My Masters thesis was on the broad implications of Hacktivism for international relations.

Presently, I work with Professor Colin Bennett on the Politics of Surveillance project. This project is in partnership with the Big Data Surveillance project hosted at Queens University. My research interest is the politics of surveillance as it applies to Africa. I am interested in how surveillance trends in Africa present continuities and discontinuities when compared to western and other contexts. Along similar lines, I am interested in the evolution of surveillance practices in Africa as it relates to statemaking and development.

My current research work is on the socio-cultural relativity of the surveillance and privacy discourse in Ghana; and on the recognition – in the context of growing global surveillance – of the dual roles of nonstate actors in challenging and enhancing state authority.