News Archive: 2014

Congratulations to David Murakami Wood

On the renewal of his Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Surveillance Studies at Queen's University. See:

Surveillance Studies Network Book Prize 2014

The SSN Annual Book Prize 2014, for the best surveillance studies monograph published in 2013, has been awarded to Oliver Leistert for From Protest to Surveillance: The Political Rationality of Mobile Media (Peter Lang).

The committee’s decision was a unanimous one. Leistert’s work was praised for: “the combination of empirical work with theoretical insight and the...

Speak out against out-of-control CSEC spying

It has been revealed that an ultra-secretive government agency called CSEC is collecting hugely revealing information on thousands of law-abiding Canadians. Taxpayers are on the hook for over $4.2 billion to pay for these invasive spying activities.

Do you want intimate details of your private life to be collected and stored in insecure government databases? Watch the video and...

SSC Annual Newsletter - Issue 3 online

Please see the latest Surveillance Studies Centre annual newsletter (August 2014), with stories and photos by team members about research and events at the centre from the past year at:

Now available! The new issue of Surveillance & Society

in which the worlds of Game Studies and Surveillance Studies collide in an awesome battle for survival (AKA a fruitful collaboration)...

Vol 12, No 3: Surveillance, Gaming and Play edited by Jennifer R.Whitson and Bart Simon

Ottawa Statement on Mass Surveillance

Canada’s leading privacy experts unite behind Ottawa Statement, offer high-level proposals to rein in mass surveillance.

Over 35 leading academics and 19 organizations sign on in support of the Ottawa Statement on Mass Surveillance, which sets out what needs to be done to protect Canadians from out-of-control mass surveillance

May 22,...

Around the World Conference

A world wide collaborative conference on Privacy and Surveillance in the Digital Age, May 21, 2014 .

The Around the World Conference is an experiment that brings together a research dialogue without the environmental cost of traditional conferences. Institutes and researchers are invited to participate either through presenting or by joining...

Transparent Lives/Vivre à nu book launch!

Transparent Lives: Surveillance in Canada / Vivre à nu: La surveillance au Canada is being launched by The New Transparency Project , a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative, and published by Athabasca University Press on Thursday, May 8, 2014 .

The book launch will be held from 5:00 -...

Who Owns our Secrets?

A conversation with former CSIS Assistant Director Ray Boisvert , internet law pioneer Michael Geist , world-renowned surveillance scholar David Lyon and BC Civil Liberties Association Policy Director Micheal Vonn , moderated by CBC Radio host Brent Bambury ( Day 6 ). Spur Festival in Toronto, April 3, 7:00pm. See:

Expert report reveals Internet providers should be more transparent about how they handle our private information

Report lifts the curtain on how Internet providers protect privacy, giving Canadians an at-a-glance tool to rate their provider’s transparency compared with others

March 27, 2014 A new report by leading privacy experts has revealed that Canadian Internet providers need to be much more transparent about how they protect their customers’ private information....

Congratulations to Kevin Haggerty

Kevin Haggerty, New Transparency co-investigator, was one of just five Canadian researchers to receive the 2014 Killam Research Fellowship. He plans to outline the factors that allowed broad surveillance to be part of everyday life.


See also:

The two-year, $140,000 prize grants...

Helping Canadians Find Pathways to Privacy

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is hosting the second Pathways to Privacy Symposium, March 20 - 21 at the University of Toronto Faculty Club. See:

Join the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and their partners – the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, CIPPIC, and the University of Sherbrooke – at the second Pathways...

Feb 11: The Day We Fight Back

On February 11th Canadian individuals, community groups and businesses will join people around the world for "The Day We Fight Back" -- A day of action against dragnet surveillance.

Visit to take action.