SSC Seminar Series: Tommy Cooke (Postdoctoral Fellow, SSC, Queen's University) & 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, joint research project that seeks to overcome the inability for us as analysts to document and understand how seemingly innocuous bits of data are algorithmically transformed and interpreted before they become parts of consumer and security profiles. The project’s goal is to constellate otherwise hidden practices and processes in hopes of extending empirical and theoretical horizons within surveillance and privacy studies. 

About the Speakers:

Thomas N. Cooke is a SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellow in the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen's University.

Chris MacPhee is an Assistant Director, Operations, in the Centre for Advanced Computing at Queen's University. 

Everyone welcome!