University of Victoria

Didier Zuniga

Research Assistant, PhD Candidate, University of Victoria, Canada

Eugenio Pazzini

Research Assistant, MA Candidate, University of Victoria, Canada

Tim Charlebois

Research Assistant, MA Candidate, University of Victoria, Canada

Jesse Gordon

MA Candidate, University of Victoria, Canada

Jessica Percy Campbell

Jessica Percy Campbell
Jessica Percy Campbell

PhD Candidate, University of Victoria, Canada

Jessica Percy Campbell is a 2nd-year PhD student at the University of Victoria working under the SSHRC-funded ‘Big Data Surveillance’ project with supervisor Dr. Colin Bennett. Currently, her research interests surround the future of surveillance capitalism and digital privacy. Jessica's work is centered around the boarder socio-economic implications of Big Data practices, particularly through the analysis of data brokerage and analytics firms.

 

Jessica completed her BA and MA in Sociology at Concordia University in Montreal. Throughout her studies, she worked on multiple ethnographic research projects while developing a special interest in online communities. The complexities of internet politics further piqued her curiosity after joining Dr. Martin French’s Risk Research Working Group in 2014.

 

 

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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.

PhD Fellowships Available - University of Victoria

Two Postgraduate Scholarships at the PhD level (beginning September 2017) are available in the Department of Political Science to work on a project, funded through a SSHRC Partnership Grant, on “ Big Data Surveillance ” under the supervision of Dr. Colin Bennett. The project is a broad interdisciplinary and comparative analysis of the development and impact of big...

Colin J. Bennett

Professor Colin J. Bennett
Professor Colin J. Bennett

Professor, Political Science, University of Victoria, Canada

Colin Bennett received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Wales, and his Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since 1986 he has taught in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, where he is now Professor. He has enjoyed Visiting Professorships at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Center for the Study of Law and Society at University of California, Berkeley, the School of Law, University of New South Wales and at the the Law, Science, Technology and Society Centre at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels. His research has focused on the comparative analysis of surveillance technologies and privacy protection policies at the domestic and international levels. In addition to numerous scholarly and newspaper articles, he has published six books, including The Governance of Privacy (MIT Press, 2006) and The Privacy Advocates: Resisting the Spread of Surveillance (MIT Press, 2008), and policy reports on privacy protection for Canadian and international agencies. He is co-investigator of a large Major Collaborative Research Initiative grant entitled “The New Transparency: Surveillance and Social Sorting” which has culminated in the report: Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada. He is also currently researching the capture and use of personal data by political parties in Western democracies.

As a co-investigator of the Big Data Surveillance project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Colin Bennett is co-leading (with Kirstie Ball) research Stream Two: Marketing. This stream will examine how massive data accumulation, analytical techniques and applications associated with big data are reconstructing practices of consumer marketing and political campaigning.

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Call for PhD Applications at the University of Victoria

One PhD stipend, funded through grants received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC), and beginning in September 2012, is available in the Department of Political Science, University of Victoria

One PhD stipend, funded through grants received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC), and beginning in September 2012, is available...