Tommy Cooke

SSC Seminar Series: Tommy Cooke (Postdoctoral Fellow, SSC, Queen's University) and Chris MacPhee (Assistant Director Operations, Centre for Advanced Computing, Queen’s University)

A Day in the Life of Metadata

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

12:30 - 2:00pm

Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D411


Through its creation, change, and circulation, “A Day in the Life of Metadata” makes visible and legible the journey of a small set of GPS metadata through a smartphone and into the cloud. The talk provides a conceptual overview of the first stage of a two-part,...

Tommy Cooke

Dr. Tommy Cooke
Dr. Tommy Cooke

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

Tommy Cooke is a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC), Queen’s University. Tommy is leading a two-year empirical project that tracks the creation, circulation, and algorithmic treatment of a small set of GPS meta-data - from a smartphone, to the cloud. Supervised by Dr. David Lyon, "A Day in the Life of Meta-Data" exposes the pathways, transformations, and interpretations that seemingly innocuous bits of data undergo before they become puzzle pieces in consumer and security profiles. This interdisciplinary, team-based project is spearheaded by Queen's Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC), and involves social science theorists representing the fields of Critical Security Studies, International Political Sociology, Surveillance Studies, Critical Data Studies, and the Sociology of Technology. This project is a continuation of theoretical work conducted throughout the summer of 2018 at the Centre for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) GmbH in Bochum, Germany, which explored ongoing battles between Apple and iOS jailbreakers via a cybernetic epistemology.

Contact: tommy.cooke [at] queensu [dot] ca

Twitter: @whatsthatdata