Surveillance Studies Centre

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See the latest Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) Annual Newsletter here .

An update on the collaborative work of the Centre and the Big Data Surveillance Partnership over the past year (2019 - 2020).

Sachil Singh

Dr. Sachil Singh
Dr. Sachil Singh

Post-doctoral Fellow, Surveillance Studies Centre, Assistant Professor, Queen's University, Canada

Dr. Singh is a post-doctoral fellow at the SSC. He is collating research findings from all three streams of the SSHRC-funded Big Data Surveillance (BDS) research project, led by Professor David Lyon, and will play a major role in organizing a final research conference, to take place in 2021. He is also an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) in the Department of Sociology at Queen's University, where he teaches the department's largest course, Introduction to Sociology (SOCY122). Finally, Dr. Singh is a Privacy and Ethics Officer with the Centre for Advanced Computing at Queen's University where he offers critical contributions to the development of the Ontario Health Data Platform (formerly PANTHR). This is a multi-million dollar project that the Province has invested in as one of the key responses to COVID-19. 

Dr. Singh's main areas of study are medical sociology, critical race studies and surveillance. More specifically, his research interests are in algorithmic inequality, social sorting, health and surveillance, and race and ethnicity. The common thread in his work is attention to the racial outcomes of digital sorting technologies. His most recent article (co-authored with Val Steeves) in Social Science and Medicine deals with the contested meanings of race/ethnicity in medical literature. He has also published in leading journals such as Security Dialogue, contributed to Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada, and has co-edited a Special Issue in Surveillance & Society. He recently wrote an article in The Conversation which highlights concerns with racial surveillance as a way to understand the reach of the coronavirus pandemic.
 

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613-533-6000 ext. 74876

David Lyon

Professor David Lyon
Professor David Lyon

Director, Surveillance Studies Centre, Queen's Research Chair in Surveillance Studies, Professor of Sociology, Professor of Law, Queen’s University, Canada

David Lyon is Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre and Professor of Sociology and Professor of Law at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Educated at the University of Bradford in the UK, Lyon has been studying surveillance since the mid-1980s. Credited with spearheading the field of “Surveillance Studies”, he has produced a steady stream of books and articles that began with The Electronic Eye (1994) and continued with Surveillance Society (2001), Surveillance after September 11 (2003), Surveillance Studies (2007), Identifying Citizens (2009), Liquid Surveillance (with Zygmunt Bauman, 2013) and Surveillance after Snowden (2015). His most recent publication is The Culture of Surveillance (Polity, 2018) and he is currently working on Surveillance: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford). He has also co-edited a number of other books, mostly the products of team projects on surveillance, with research funding totalling almost $8 million. He is on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including Surveillance & Society and The Information Society. Most recently awarded the Outstanding Contribution Award by the Surveillance Studies Network (2018) and the SSHRC Impact: Insight Award (2015), Lyon has also received numerous awards for his work, from Canada, Switzerland, the USA and the UK.

As Principal Investigator of the Big Data Surveillance project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, David Lyon is co-leading (with Stéphane Leman-Langlois and David Murakami Wood) research Stream One: Security. This stream examines the scope and impact of big data-dependent ‘national security’ surveillance of communications in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations. They are working on an edited publication called Security Intelligence and Surveillance in the Big Data Age: The Canadian Case (UBC Press, forthcoming).

Watch David Lyon's "Ideas" lecture, broadcast on ABC TV (Sydney, Australia) in April 2012 (49 mins.):

 

Telephone: 
(613) 533-6000 ext. 74489

Surveillance Studies PhDs Sought

Two Scholarships at the PhD level ( starting September 2016 ) are available in the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University to work on a project, funded through a SSHRC Partnership Grant on “Big Data Surveillance” under the supervision of David Lyon and/or David Murakami Wood . The project is a multi-disciplinary and comparative analysis of the development and impact of big data analytics in many domains: security, consumer, health, welfare, electoral, intelligence, employment and others.The project is coordinated through the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University.

SSC awarded $2.5 million SSHRC grant

Queen’s University professor and Surveillance Studies Centre director David Lyon (Sociology) has been awarded $2.5 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for his research into the vulnerabilities generated by big data surveillance.